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Terry-Sharp, Kathleen

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Gidget

Lesson Comments:

Lesson Note 8/16

Vivi has a fantastic ground lesson yesterday. We talked about the horse’s structure and function – what Gidget needed to do to be able to bend – namely, flex/relax when she feels the rider’s hand and not pull through them and step under and push off behind, using her haunches. We talked about what each of her body parts did in a bend or connected circle and what they did when disengaging/crossing over behind. Vivi was thoughtful, observant, and happy; she said that she was somewhat stressed about school in the abstract but not immediately stressed because she didn’t have anything due at the moment and was very interactive, coming up with observances and metaphors about how Gidget was using her body that I had not not thought of before. Which was awesome! She identified that when Gidget was turning unbalanced, she was throwing her shoulder in and using it as a fulcrum, before I even mentioned a pivot point. Very cool.

She was able to see when Gidget was moving correctly vs incorrectly and was able to ask Gidget to bend and move on the circle herself, connecting where and how she asked Gigdet to move on a connected circle with where her leg would be while mounted. We discussed the two things we would be working on in the lesson today, which was having Gidget respect and not pull through her hand; and having her step under with her haunches to stay balanced through a corner. We also discussed how easily Gidget was able to do it on the ground – how that meant that she was capable of doing it under saddle and how Vivi would be more confident having seen that Gidget was able to do it – but also know that sometimes she would have to push Gidget to do it when she didn’t want to. Vivi was smiling, happy, and seemed excited at the end of the lesson.

The plan for the day was to work on those two skills through downward transitions, by coming to a halt after an obstacle (small jump, walk poles, trot poles etc) and asking the horse for a small step over. With the repetition of this exercise, the horse becomes more attentive and less resistant, giving the rider a great confidence boost from beginning to end as they see the horse respond more quickly and pay attention better. With the confidence and lack of stress Vivi exhibited in her lesson yesterday, and the fact that she had already done part of that/a similar pattern in her lesson last week (and I think the week before as well), I felt that it would be a natural skill progression, and that Vivi would be able to apply more purpose and knowledge to what she was asking Gidget to do and why. While Vivi was nervous last week about jumping, she did a crossrail successfully, and then was able to communicate her need to step down in difficulty afterwards, which we did. Especially after the success of her lesson yesterday, I had no thoughts that she would not be able to do the same today. I will admit to getting somewhat frustrated when she immediately started throwing up roadblocks to not being able to even attempt the exercise, after we had talked through it together in a question and answer format, and Vivi successfully answered the why’s and how’s of the purpose behind stopping and stepping the horse over. When she did do the course, it was a great first attempt and actually got some of the best steps over she has ever done.

At the end of the lesson, Vivi verbalized that she started stressing out when I told her that I may need her and Caitlin to briefly warm up more independently while I paid closer attention to Caroline as she figured out Murphy. Caroline did that fairly quickly (she has ridden him w/t/c/jump before, and I knew that she would), and I was able to discuss the pattern and purpose of the exercise with Vivi and Caitlin, while Caroline worked on trotting and relaxing. Vivi did express that she thought they couldn’t work together on the same skills; I wonder if Caroline not being able to steer at first made her think that she was a beginner? And in retrospect, she probably did not realize that she had ridden with Caroline the last two weeks.

All of the skills were appropriate for the students in the lesson today, and it is very valuable to see each other work on the same skills, especially when they are new skills, and everyone will struggle a bit. I like to do a lot of Q&A in a semi-private or group lesson and have them observe each other. This is similar to how Vivi is able to see what Gidget is doing more easily on the ground since it is hard for her to feel it. In addition, it’s nice to know that no one gets it right the first time.

Re: scheduling, Vivi has had a semi-private lesson with Caroline the last two weeks and ridden with more than one other person in the ring and additional people watching at least once in the last few weeks. I had absolutely no idea that a group lesson would freak her out, or that you did not know it was a group lesson. We are of course willing to schedule privates as needed.

1. Vivi is not able to verbalize what is stressing her out until after she has spiraled and started a meltdown. I do not expect her to be able to verbalize why she feels the way she does when she is in the middle of melting down. I would like to discuss giving her a safe word out of the lesson (if she thinks this may be a good idea) – when she is getting to that point, she can safeword out of the lesson, no further questions, no judgement. She can then decide if she needs to be done, leave and join back in, sit and watch if others are riding, reschedule, etc.
2. I would like Vivi to feel like she can communicate with me prior to the lesson. If she wakes up and has a rough day, let me know! I can adjust difficulty; I can suggest another time or day; I can more fully explain to her the exercises and plan for the day, and she can suggest accommodations she may need in the lesson. I thought that doing the skills covered, in the type of patterns we had been working with, would be non-stress inducing. I was wrong. I can attempt to also let Vivi know the exact exercises we will be doing to work on the skills we are discussing in the ground lesson, but I cannot guarantee that they will be exactly the same, as sometimes the lesson plan changes due to the fact that I am working with people and horses.
3. When Vivi is having a meltdown vs just nervous or not understanding or tired, etc, it is hard for me to tell whether to push her to attempt the task or to put no demands on her and let her try to self-regulate. If I push her to do the exercise, she stresses out more and cannot see the parts that she did well or cannot do the exercise or starts arguing. If I leave her to attempt to self-regulate, and then ask her if she is ready to do the exercise, or if she needs to be done, she often doesn’t know, and walking or sitting doesn’t seem to give her any more clarity as to whether or not she can try the exercise or needs to be done. Me telling her that she can be done also doesn’t seem to help. If she thinks it may help, I would like to sit down at some point and come up with a plan for her having a meltdown on the horse.
4. I have promised her multiple times that if I am ever angry, or upset, or disappointed, I will tell her outright; she does NOT have to guess. If she asks me how I am feeling towards her, I will tell her. If I ask her if she needs or wants to be done, it is not a ploy to get her to do something, I legitimately am asking with no rancor or bad feelings or ulterior motive, and she will not be penalized. I am not disappointed in her for how she ride today; I am always first and foremost concerned for her, because I care about her.

I don’t know how to end this note, other than I hope that this week is much less stressful, and if Vivi is amenable, maybe we can sit down after her ground lesson this week or over text and try to troubleshoot/plan.


Derenburger, Nalani

Instructor: Mandy

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Nalani was in a great mood this morning. We rode on the lunge line next to the big ring because of the sloppy footing in the smaller ring next to the cross-ties. Because she had a hard time focusing for a long period of time in her first lesson, I kept her exercises short. We worked on balance at the walk by having her ride three circles on the lunge with her arms out to her side (airplane arms), then we would walk two laps working on holding the reins in the proper position.

Nalani was slightly shy at first when I asked her questions, but by the middle of the lesson, she was giving me verbal answers back, even asking questions of her own (she wanted to know what posting was because I kept asking her about it).

In addition to working on balance, she worked on posting and counting at the same time. I had her posting for ten posts, then we would do a random whoa, or would drop our reins and do airplane arms.

Having the shorter exercises and then mixing them up really kept her attentive to what I was saying and what we were doing. When I asked her to repeat things I said, she was able to do so without any hesitation, so she was definitely listening.

We worked on trotting a small bit–she’s not comfortable yet letting go of the saddle, which is fine, but still maintains a nice upright position, which is more important to me than if she were to let go of the saddle and collapse her shoulders and lean forward.

Nalani didn’t want to trot the second time, but after I coaxed her into it, she had fun. We ended the ride with her practicing her steering both on and off the lunge line. Badger even tried to escape while she did this and she handled it fantastically.

I did notice that once she’s off the horse (i.e. grooming), she gets a bit scattered about the order of which things need to proceed. She was ready to start brushing Badger, but had no idea she needed to take off her saddle and bridle. That will come with time, but may need to really reinforce chronological steps of doing things in order to give her more boundaries.


Purdy, Elizabeth

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Draco

Lesson Comments:

great lesson continue to work on improving leg position to improve balance. worked on poles for balance to x-rails and verticals.


Venna, Sharini

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Content, Calm

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Groundwork: Unprompted, use two hands to independently push billet through buckle, then pull up and maintain tension on billet while pushing tongue of buckle in hole.

Riding: Posting at the walk with no hand support

Short Term Goal:

Groundwork goal: identify order of girth in tacking and assist in cinching by using one hand to either pull up on strap or pushing tongue through hole 100%.

Riding Goal: Walk with arms extended like an airplane for 10 steps on a straight line (assisted or unassisted) to encourage correct equitation and alignment as well as build core strength for eventual posting.

Lesson Comments:

Sharini –

9/16 – Veera said that her gross motor skills and talking have progressed rapidly, but her fine motor skills are still lagging behind. So now that Sharini is usually comfortable at the barn and staying 15-20 minutes after the ride to untack and brush, today we started arriving early so that she can target more fine motor skills while tacking the horse up (incl. holding the hoof pick properly, buckling her helmet, buckling the girth, snapping the reins on the halter, working the crossties, etc). N.B.: While Sharini was fine working with Brooke after the ride, she wanted me to be the one to help her before the ride (because new activity?) – need to work on getting her comfortable with new skills while working with a variety of people. I introduced buckling the girth today; she will need hand over hand assistance for awhile – primarily worked on identifying what the buckle was, where the strap went, and pushing the tongue through the hole.

Sharini recognized Marshmallow by sight and said his name when he entered the crossties, then voluntarily walked over to pet him! While riding, we said “Stephanie” and worked on balancing with her arms out. She did not voluntarily extend arms until giving another rider a high five. Steering continued as usual, with Sharini being very clear about where she wanted to go. Repeated “barn” from last week. Did not want to trot.


VanCleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Good upper body and steering.
Cavaletti O/F1: Great smile and navigating.


Bencs, Madelynn

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Mickey

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Good heels. Need to use more leg.
Cavaletti O/F1: Good rein length and good posting and diagonals. Need to use more leg and give with elbow to wrist.
Cavaletti O/F2: Great effort and good use of aids.


Engberg, Josie Kate

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK – Horse was Maggie.
Cavaletti U/S: Good thumbs up and elbows to wrist.


Bencs, Chandler

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Excellent elbow to wrist to knee to heel. Great trotting effort.
Cavaletti O/F1: Great upper body. Need shorter rein.
Cavaletti O/F2: Great effort and position.


Kirk , Emily

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Very good navigating and great attitude.
Cavaletti O/F1: Great posting, two point position and steering.
Cavaletti O/F2: Great steering, smile and position.


silberberg, sarah

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Good upper body and great thumbs up.
Cavaletti O/F1: Great navigating and upper body. Need to have sorter reins and deeper heels.
Cavaletti O/F2: Good position and steering.


Albert, Samantha

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
18″ – 2′ U/S: Good heels, legs and hands. Need to slow post down a touch.
18″ – 2′ O/F1: Straighter line for simple change.
18″ – 2′ O/F2: Be patient with self.


Engberg, Jenna

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK – Horse was Maggie.
18″ – 2′ U/S: Very cute position.
18″ – 2′ O/F1: Straighten up to the jumps.
18″ – 2′ O/F2: Good pace and feeling. Keep practicing leg on to and from the jump.


Pruitt, Haley

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Murphy

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
18″ – 2′ U/S: Send elbows forward with arm and tighter lower leg.
18″ – 2′ O/F1: Keep pace alive to first jump.


Castaing, Callie

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Red

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Straighter wrist and tighter elbows and arms.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Very smooth and consistent. Need to step out for change.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F2: Finds jumps great. Need to use more leg and not seat and work on left to right lead change.


Borden, Elizabeth

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Colt

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Need to relax knee, deeper heel and a tad more rein in hand.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Try to keep more consistent pace.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F2: Shorter reins and pick one rhythm.


Gallimore, Jordan

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Little Rhett

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Straighter left wrist, shorter reins and open shoulder.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Want to balance with big stride.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F2: Right rein and keep chin and chest away.


Fahhoum, Rejina

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Striaghter wrist and shorter rein with arms forward.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Shorter reins and block right side. Use both sides of your body.


Beyer, Shanna

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Gidget

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2′ Collegiate Hunter O/F: Open shoulders and shorter reins.


Davis, Samantha

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2′ Collegiate Hunter O/F: Good rhythm and use of ring; chin down.


Blevins, Abby

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK – Horse was Nip.
Crossrails O/F1: Need to use more leg.
Crossrails O/F2: Use leg at the end of the ring, open shoulder and use outside rein.


Manning, Clare

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Crossrails O/F1: Very straight and good rhythm. Use more leg.
Crossrails O/F2: Good rhythm and use of the ring. Practice half halt and light seat.
Crossrails O/F3: Good pace, keep leg behind girth and be aggressive.


Wallace, Haley

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Crossrails O/F1: Keep adding leg and stay in control. Great attitude.


Heavner, Abigail

Instructor: Jay Moore

Horse: Red

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Crossrails O/F1: Very smooth.


Bencs, Madelynn

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Always turn to the inside, very nice halt, and don’t get crowded by other horses.
Cavaletti O/F1: Wrong diagonal at beginning and cut corners. Good use of eyes.
Cavaletti O/F2: Nice opening circle but need to steer straight to first jump and use all of the ring (not cut corners). Excellent leg and body position. Shorter reins will help with steering.


Kirk , Emily

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Great steering.
Cavaletti O/F1: Beautiful leg position and good steering and use of the ring.
Cavaletti O/F2: Very nice use of eyes and good leg position but need to work on left heel. Excellent steering and making your horse cooperate.


silberberg, sarah

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Cavaletti U/S: Good use of the ring.
Cavaletti O/F1: No opening courtesy circle and cut corners. Good leg position but high hands.
Cavaletti O/F2: Much better on the second try but need a bigger courtesy circle. Good use of ring and good steering.


Atkins, Susan

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Crossrails O/F1: Go to the end of the ring around the crossrail at the end to get straighter to jump #3.
Crossrails O/F2: Very nice – smooth and consistent pace. Great lead change at the end.


Heavner, Abigail

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Murphy

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Crossrails U/S: Wrong diagonal and wrong lead.
Crossrails O/F1: Check diagonals, steer around corners and use whole ring.
Crossrails O/F2: Very nice and much better. Great steering and use of the ring.


Manning, Clare

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Crossrails U/S: Wrong diagonal and wrong lead second way.
Crossrails O/F1: Diagonal to fence #1 and closing circle needs to be straighter to jump #3 and too fast coming to jump #4.
Crossrails O/F2: Wrong diagonal at the end of the ring. So much better overall. Much better round.


Stuppy, Larkin

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Red

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Crossrails U/S: Wrong diagonal and always reverse to the inside.
Crossrails O/F1: Very nice round and good use of the ring.
Crossrails O/F2: Very smooth all the way around. Great job using the ring and being straight everywhere.


Pruitt, Haley

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2′ U/S: Work on steering especially by gate.
2′ O/F1: Wrong diagonal to start. Fast coming toward gate. Beautiful first jump.
2′ O/F2: Much better round. Lovely outside lines. Fast down single diagonal jumps.


Irwin, Izzy

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Zeb

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2′ U/S: Wrong diagonal. Make sure you check.
2′ O/F1: Wrong diagonal to begin. Steering down first line but then really good.
2′ O/F2: Great job steering to jump #4. Good use of the ring. Cute jumping horse.


Castaing, Callie

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Red

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2′ U/S: Stiff arms and wrong diagonal. Very nice canter.
2′ O/F1: So nice and smooth. Beautiful round.
2′ O/F2: Excellent round. I love the turn to the last jump.


Borden, Elizabeth

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Colt

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2′ U/S: Great trot. Wrong lead first way.
2′ O/F1: Good use of ring. Try to keep pace consistent.
2′ O/F2: Nice jumps. Try to keep consistent pace and not let him build throughout the course.


King, Sharon

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Gidget

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Good trot position.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Good to jump #4 and when straight.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F2: Nice round.


Duff, Emily

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Nice sitting trot.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Deep to jump #4 and big change in rhythm.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F2: 8 faults.


Abbott, Brooke

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: GQ

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Wrong diagonal and hands.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Nice round.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F2: Clear round.


Stagg, Mandy

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
2’3″ – 2’6″ U/S: Good heels.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F1: Late lead change and deep to jump #4.
2’3″ – 2’6″ O/F2: 4 faults.


Duff, Emily

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Zeb

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Collegiate O/F: Wrong lead to jump #1, sucked back by gate and reins caught on foot.


Pruitt, Haley

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Murphy

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Collegiate O/F: Very smooth round and good job.


Irwin, Izzy

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Red

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Collegiate O/F: A little slow but very nice round.


Abbott, Brooke

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Collegiate O/F: Wrong diagonal at beginning and end.


Castaing, Callie

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Collegiate O/F: Refusal at last jump.


Bogue, Lyllian

Instructor: Allison Rayburn

Horse: Murphy

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
Collegiate O/F: Use whole ring – cut corners. Good jumps.


Bencs, Madelynn

Instructor: Mandy

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

This was a good lesson for Maddy. Badger was a cross between a Mickey and a Micah–he made her ride more assertively to keep him from hugging the gate, but wasn’t as testy as Mickey or a push-buttony as Micah. We worked on two-point and Maddy was able to hold it all the way around the round pen both ways. She also didn’t want to trot. When I asked, she replied that she didn’t like it because it was bumpy. So we compromised and she trotted in two-point position around the round pen several times. By getting in two point, her leg was more engaged and below her, allowing her to keep her balance better. We also worked on her posting rhythm at the walk until she felt confident enough to try it out at the trot–which she did and did a great job of keeping her rhythm. We ended on a game of Simon Says. I would like to start introducing Maddy to the concept of diagonals and being cognizant of which leg is rising and falling at the walk in the next lesson. By learning her diagonals, the trot should start becoming easier to ride.


Bencs, Madelynn

Instructor: Mandy

Horse: Mickey

Lesson Comments:

This was a challenging lesson for Maddy, but in a very good way. When we entered the round pen, Mickey immediately started shaking his head, pulling Maddy forward out of the saddle, and dragging her to the gate. After watching this happen a couple of times, and watching Maddy give up and let him do whatever he pleased, Maddy and I had a conversation about taking charge. We talked about using her shoulders and her legs to keep her in the saddle, leaving Mickey to bounce on her hands when he misbehaved, and to use her legs, hands, and eyes to tell Mickey where he was going and that he was going to do what she wanted to do. Not the other way around. Mickey looked for excuses to do his own thing whenever he could, and Maddy struggled a few times, but she fought for it and eventually had him going around the arena like she wanted. Once Maddy had asserted herself, Mickey listened to her more, and we were able to work on trotting, keeping the rhythm and balance of the post at a walk (and not pushing her toe down), and ended on a game of red light/green light to work on Maddy’s forward-and-halting cues. Maddy really tried hard throughout the whole lesson and I was very proud of the way she handled Mickey.


Terry-Sharp, Kathleen

Instructor: Mandy

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

Kat stretched and warmed-up while I finished another lesson, so by the time I got into the arena, we just went straight into the lesson. In this lesson, we worked on a pattern I picked out from Anne Krisantzki’s book of doing a straight line with a half circle (to change direction) and leg yielding back to the rail. I modified the exercise slightly by putting down poles as visual cues and had Kat trot in, two point between the poles, complete half a circle, and then leg yield over until she crossed the first pole. Last lesson we had talked about the importance of her inside and outside aids. This figure helped support that previous lesson as well as add an additional component: the use of tandem aids. To get Marshmallow to bend around the circle and not fall out behind or fall in at the shoulder, Kat had to apply both legs at the same time, just in a different way. It also kept her from relying on one specific aid for too long, because the pattern shifted. The exercise, while simplistic in theory, proved challenging, but by the end of the lesson, there was a distinct difference in her figures from the start of the lesson to the end of the lesson. Things to remember for the future: Arch the back in two-point, rather than collapsing on the crest of the neck. Straight line from bit to elbow. And apply gridwork and figures that use both hips evenly, so as not to tire one side out.


Bencs, Madelynn

Instructor: Mandy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Started the lesson by doing some assessments of where Mattie is in her skills. Had her practice posting at the walk and also holding her two point position (which is very nice!). She steered well by herself, though she needed some gentle reminders to also use her eyes as part of her steering arsenal. By the time we got to trotting, she was much better about looking up. At the trot we worked on posting and keeping her heels down–she has a tendency to put her toes down instead, which causes her to lose her balance–and to not rely on her reins as a means of pulling herself up out of the saddle. We worked on her balance at the trot by doing airplane arms in both directions, and also by alternating into two point as a means to stretch her legs down and encourage her heel to drop more. Finished with a game of Simon Says–which Mattie played very well. She circled and cut the arena in half at my prompting with little issue and was very able to go from posting to two point to posting again with some balance issues. Really had her listening ears on and was very attentive! Once she has a better leg and can balance better, she’ll be able to keep her horse moving forward more.


Terry-Sharp, Kathleen

Instructor: Mandy

Horse: Marshmallow

Lesson Comments:

Started the lesson doing some stretching of the legs with no stirrups at the walk and at the sitting trot, also working on balance at staying even. The arena was wet from rain and it was very windy, so we did mostly trot work–figuring eighting the arena and really working keeping Marshmallow bent and not bulging by application of the inside leg and inside rein. Worked up to the trot poles and did a clover leaf pattern, splitting the two sets of poles in half, to work on straightness through the poles and even application of leg and hand in the turns. Talked about keeping Kat’s inside shoulder even, which had a tendency to drop around turns, as a means to better help use her inside aids. Finished strongly by completing the entire pattern without pause. Handled some weather-related spooking issues fantastically.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather apologized immediately today for hitting Val last time, and she said she could do better. She had a great warm up at the trot and waited for me to say she could use the crop. She did a set of offset poles in both directions and looked up to steer. She also fixed her corners by the end of the ring, after one talk about it. She had a plan to look up, keep her leg on, and then look around her corner, which she did, and he kept trotting very easily and nicely. Her first canter was fantastic!! Looking up all the way, leg on, and heel mostly down. She cantered three corners! After that, however, her canter transitions fell apart – looking down, not steering, no leg, etc. We had a talk about why she was doing that – I told her she needed to think tonight about why she had one great canter in several lessons and then completely fell apart and then us talk about it and try again tomorrow.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

We started in the big ring today; Grant was able to walk all the way around the ring, with his heels down and sitting up, using his corners, with no prompting. We identified the parts of his leg again (ball and arch, lower leg, inside of ankle, outside of ankle), and he needed some assistance, but he was able to correctly point and identify after reminders. I asked Grant to walk in a big circle while posting; he was able to post, but only walked in a tight circle. I had him follow me at the walk in a big circle, and then attempt it by himself, but when he tried it by himself, he turned in a small circle. We then went to the round pen, to try and identify that that was a large circle; when I asked him to walk a big circle in the round pen, he completed a tight circle, but when I asked him to walk on the orange sand, next to the red fence, he walked on the rail, and identified the shape he was making as a circle. Somewhere, something is not connecting correctly, but we can’t quite figure out what. At the trot, we worked on Squeezing and kicking, not clicking to make the horse go (clicking is something he stims on easily, so I will attempt to eliminate the clicks as much as possible), and keep the stirrup on the ball of his foot, heel down, and inside of his ankle squeezing Badger. He had several very good trots, and he was able to make corrections while trotting (heel down, hands down). About 50% of the time when he went down to the walk, he corrected his stirrups without any prompting, and he attempted to fix them several times at the trot, but he couldn’t. Most of the time, I am able to say “fix your stirrups” instead of having to say “put them on the ball of your foot.” Grant rode very well; we will keep working on the circle problem, but I except to see steady improvements in his position at the trot in every lesson.


Velasco, Andres

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Andres rode well again today! I put him back on Bunny to see if maybe the leaning forward at the trot was in part because Badger’s trot was bumpier; he did sit up better on Bunny. I tried to give him a choice again of where he wanted to go first – the grass or the ring – and he kept saying “go!” So, we went to the ring first and dos a lot of trotting. While trotting we had lots of giggles! I held his shoulder up the first few times he trotted, and he seemed to sit up much better after that. He held the reins unpromoted almost 100% of the ride. Most encouragingly, he pointed when prompted and shown an example to tell Bunny to go left around a turn! Still has shown no inclination of turning with the reins. Whatever sign/word he is willing to give us is fantastic, because that means that he is connecting what he does with what the horse is doing, and when he consistently does that, we can begin to shape his cues into the “proper” riding skills. He wanted to look at other riders when far away, but he will not typically acknowledge them or the horse when close by, although he did wave once or twice. When we walked on the grass, he very confidently helped Bunny eat some grass (holding it down by his foot) and while we were in the ring, he did stretches back to her tail and touched his toes. Overall, he was very engaged. At the end, I had him carry his reins back to the tack room. Once he is accustomed to carrying the reins back, we will start adding in more tack.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily did well in the little ring. I introduced a new pattern, which was a bit hard for her to figure out, but she persevered. She had to use a lot of outside rein and leg to create some tight turns, as well as keeping Sophie straight over the poles. We ended with posting; she did three sets of 20 at the halt, holding her left arm up and supporting herself on the saddle with her right arm. Her entire torso/hips are twisting when she posts up, so that will be somethings I look to improve over the next several weeks.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby tacked up all by herself today! She needed a bit of help getting the saddle in the right place, but she otherwise had a plan and purpose and successfully got herself ready to ride. Very proud of her. Abby rode Badger in the little ring, with the purpose of cantering successfully. Badger’s canter is very different than Val’s; it is quicker and bumpier and harder to keep a true canter on him – he likes to do a “tranter” (cantering with his front feet and trotting with his back); he also likes to take very short, quick, steps and go back down to the trot if the rider gives any sort of signal that he could interpret as “trot.” We spent the first half of the lesson working on getting Badger straight and into the corners, which is actually much harder in the little ring than the big ring, because there is much less time in between turns. Abby had to make her head, leg, and hands all work together to steer him. When we started to canter, Abby did a great job of setting up the canter. She got him to canter successfully within two strides every time she asked. This is fantastic, and very hard to do the first few times you canter. However, while Val is harder to get to canter than Badger, he is easier to keep going than Badger. Badger is easier to make canter, but he is harder to make keep cantering. The second Abby felt Badger do a bit of a trot or back off of the canter, she started posting, which caused Badger to trot. To help fix this, we will be doing several things: 1) Continue to ride Val every second or third lesson to work on the canter, which will strengthen her position and leg for Badger 2) work on the sitting trot, so that her instinct when she feels him break is not to immediately start posting and 3) to continue to talk about relaxing while doing exercises to keep her leg squeezing the horse forward and her heel down.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

It was incredibly hot, and Val was being very lazy, so we worked in the little ring so that I could help keep Val going. Tara had to really combine all the things we have been working on – heels down and leg squeezing, looking up and around her corners, and her hands down, because if any of those things aren’t working together correctly, Val will stop. She was a bit discouraged the first time around the ring when Val didn’t immediately go like Micah or Badger; we talked about how Val has no energy, so you have to have extra energy for him! We also talked about planning ahead for when he would most likely stop (by the gate). She persevered and got a good trot out of him; the corners are harder to steer through in the little ring, because they come up much more quickly, and she had to really work hard to not let Val cut all of his corners. At the end, we trotted three poles. The first time, he stopped over the first pole, the second time the second, etc. Each time she tried harder, until the last time, where her goal was to continue trotting after the poles until she reached the fence. She gave 110% of effort and kept him trotting! Great job!


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Mickey

Lesson Comments:

Lucas rode in the saddle for the first time today! He was able to use his feet in the stirrups to help himself balance and seemed very secure while walking. I introduce standing up in the stirrups, which initially was a bit hard; we had to physically push him up out of the saddle. However, after a few repetitions, he got the idea and pushed himself up out of the saddle. He was also able to lit his seat out of the saddle in the two-point over the poles instead of just leaning forward and grabbing mane. This helps him strengthen his torso as well as helping his heels drop and his leg find the right position on the horse – these things will help him feel secure enough to balance by himself in the saddle. As he becomes more confident, we will build on the difficulty by asking him to 1) walk while standing 2) increase the length of time he is standing and 3) introduce posting at the halt and walk. All of these exercises create strength and balance, which will help him work towards a long term goal of riding as independently as possible.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Hannah did a much better job focusing and steering this week; I told her dad would make her a road in the big ring if she focused and steered in the small ring. She walked around the ring by herself and steered over the pole 3 times. She trotted by herself and did a great job balancing, but she didn’t attempt to steer at the trot. When we went in the big ring, when the lead rope was attached, she did not try to steer at all; however, when I removed the lead rope, she steered very well. I had to give her some verbal reminders to take Badger away from me, as well as occasionally prompt her for turn when the road turned. She showed some very good independence and critical thinking skills – for instance, the last time we did the road, she chose to walk over three poles instead of the one pole that the road went over, and when I asked her to walk the road backwards, I did not have to prompt her to follow it, just told her turn turn in a circle and off she went!


Stone, Mackenzie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

I remembered to have Kenzie ride Bunny 🙂 so that she could work very hard on improving her trot. Bunny is much smoother, so it is easier for the rider to balance and post, because they aren’t worried about balancing as much. After reviewing our hand and leg position, I and kenzie walk both directions around the ring. Bunny is harder to steer than Badger – she requires you to use your leg to steer and not lean forward at all – but with a little bit of help, Kenzie soon figured out how to steer Bunny. Once we had warmed up at the walk, she trotted and almost immediately started posting! Something had clicked and the steady rhythm was right there! I was so proud of Kenzie. She trotted multiple times around the ring, and we were able to incorporate practice looking up and trying to keep her hands in the correct position while trotting. Her lower leg is still not very strong, so over the next several lessons, we will be working on stabilizing her leg and keeping her heels down so that she has a very strong base of support.


Moore, Barbra

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Today we drilled position in the big ring. We worked very hard on straightening up her upper body and keeping it in alignment while riding. Her right hip was pushing forwards, which was causing the right side of her body to collapse. We worked cirlces and poles, with constant position reminders. SWe tried a variety of imagery/descriptions to help her remind her body of what to do. “Lifting her right hip” seemed to work the best, along with putting her left hip forwards and drawing her right shoulder back. At the end, she said this was almost more of a workout than the hill the previous week, and she was more visibly fatigued.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David had a great lesson! he was more interested in moving today; every time I gave him a choice to walk on or stand, he chose to walk on by picking up his reins. He was more engaged with turning, tightening his hands on the reins in every corner and moving his hands a little bit. He not only held the reins, but kept his hands on green the entire time. Once, he accidentally dropped the reins, but while we were walking, he picked them up on the brown, then consciously shortened them to hold the green without any prompting. He also had one incredibly clear turn, where he looked to turn, closed his finger on the reins, and pulled hard enough to almost turn Bunny’s head. Very proud of him!


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

It was very hot! Sully held the reins well again, of the entire lesson. He dropped the reins once or twice and made a point to pick them up again with his hands on green, which was very good and shows awareness of the reins. he was less communicative today and emphatically did not want to stop walking. Instead of using his hands to tell us to walk on after we had halted, he started crying a few times. At the very end of the lesson, he picked up the volunteer’s hand and made the “walk on” sign with her hand instead of doing it himself. Overall, he seemed happy to be riding, but he wanted the input of continuous walking. He did a great job watching the other riders and horses when they were far away, although he did not acknowledge them when they were close by.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant had a very productive lesson on Bunny; his heels have improved a lot since he started riding with paddock boots, and his upper body form is very solid and getting stronger. Today, we started to address his lower leg. First, I had him identify where his lower leg was (he pointed to his knee first); then, I had him identify the outside of his and vs the inside of his ankle. We talked about and demonstrated keeping his heels down and then closing his leg on Bunny’s belly so that the inside of his ankle was touching her. Grant pushes his feet out and away from the horse’s side trying to get his heels down, when he needs to be using his lower leg to grip her sides for security. After lots of stop and go (starting off correctly, then stopping to fix it when his position became incorrect), he managed two circles on the lunge line at the trot, with his ankle holding and heel down. Very proud of him! He was also able to correct his leg position several times at the trot when verbally prompted without having to stop, which shows a greater spatial awareness of what his body is doing. The next step will be for him to be able to identify correct leg position at the trot without me identifying it for him.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

It was very hot and muggy today when Heather was riding. She trotted well to warm up in both directions, although it was a bit hard for both her and Val to get going in the heat. We did lots of walk breaks, but I tried to make them productive – circles, two-point, etc. She looked up very well and kept her leg on over a set of trot poles; she was also able to cut in to a line to do the trot poles at the end of the line, as well as do the trot poles first and turn Val out of the line. At the very end of our trotting, as I was about to tell Heather she could canter once before we were done, due to the heat, she hit him with the crop on his butt out of nowhere, without squeezing or kicking first; she was al so looking down and yanking on his mouth. Because of that, she was done for the day, and we talked about how her actions affected Val.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

We rode in the little ring today since the weather looked stormy and trotted around without stopping several times as well as trotting over poles. It was a bit harder for Brittany to get going in the little ring, because in the little ring, the corners come up much more quickly than the big ring, meaning that you have to be more balanced and square to be able to keep the horse trotting. I think Brittany thought that it would be a bit easier in the little ring, but it turned out a bit harder than she thought! We got off a few minutes early because of the rain, but she was able to clean her bridle very well, since Val grabbed some grass with the bridle on and got the bit dirty.


Velasco, Andres

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

When he saw Badger in the cross ties, Andres immediately got a brush and started brushing him with no prompting – he even said “brush!” He also “helped” me lift up the pads and bareback pad. Once on, I stopped over the bridge and asked him if he would like to go on the grass first or the ring; he said grass. We walked and looked at the tree that fell down; I asked him if the tree was bigger than Badger, and he said yes. We practiced leaning down to feed Badger grass again (getting him comfortable in the saddle, helping him learn where he is centered, and how far over is too far). At the trot in the ring, he leaned quite a bit, which I think could be a combination of seeking sensory input, Badger’s trot being bumpier than Bunny’s, and less support from the bareback pad. He did remember his two-point over the poles, but he wanted to lay on Badger’s neck whenever his hands went forward. He also liked laying back for 2 or 3 times. He is getting more and more confident every week!


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily started in the round pen to warm up; Sophie had a small spook, and Emily did the exact right thing, which was slip her reins, close her leg, and grab the saddle/Sophie’s neck. We talked about keeping the horse focused – when their head goes up and ears forward at something in the distance, you need to use your leg and rein to refocus their attention away from the scary thing. We ended in the big ring, doing a pole pattern, and then I introduced posting! She did a great job at the halt, supporting herself with her hands on the saddle, and then did about five steps at the walk. So proud of her!


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode Micah in the big ring today. My goal was to continue the progress we made last time in jumping and go back to a skill we had attempted before but not succeeded in doing: posting to the base of the jump and getting in her two-point following Micah over the jump, not getting into her two-point multiple strides before the jump. Her warm up at the trot was good, once she was able to keep her heel down. We talked about how she needed to approach the jump (from far away, pointed at the middle) and then jumped it. The first time, she got into her two-point way ahead of time. So, we talked about letting Micah jump first and her hands following in her two-point; I also told her I would give her a verbal cue about when to get in her two-point – her job was to keep posting and steering. After a few tries, she did exactly what we were attempting to do! She followed Micah over the jump instead of leaning ahead of time. Her heels were generally good over the jump and when she landed, although she had a few bobbles. At the end, I let her jump a very small vertical because her heels and body had been so balanced over the cross rail. She jumped it great!


Broniscer, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Jacob had a great first lesson back. After a walk around the big ring, we warmed up in the round pen. When I asked him if he wanted the lead rope off, he said yes, and very quickly started steering moose around the round pen, staying next to the fence. He demonstrated a change of direction, walking both ways, and walked over the pole in the middle multiple times. He did such a good job, we quickly moved to the small ring, where he also walked with just a spotter. He walked around the outside of the ring in both directions, and we practiced changing directions. To end, we worked over two set of poles, in a figure 8 pattern. Although I’m not sure that he realized the pattern we were doing, he was incredibly attentive to direction, turning left and right as soon as he was prompted, actively listening for the next direction. I was very proud of him!


Stone, Mackenzie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Kenzie worked in the round pen and lunge line today. We reviewed steering, hand position, and leg position. She remembered how to hold her hands on the reins without prompting and steered well at the halt with just one hand. At the walk, she still struggled a bit with remembering to steer with just one hand instead of two. We focused on posting and trotting today. She was able to post a few times out of rhythm, but she had trouble feeling when she was supposed to post. Kenzie also was trying trying to focus on steering as well, and I think there were just too many things to process. We moved to the big ring to the lunge so that she wouldn’t have to worry about steering and practiced feeling the trot beat – 1, 2, 1, 2 – without posting. She was able to count with me and feel the beat. Hopefully, this will translate into a good posting trot! Bunny next lesson – not as bumpy.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby had a good lesson with Angel. They were both struggling to keep their horses going around the corner heading towards the gate, so we cut the ring into thirds and stayed on the third by the gate; I was very proud of Abby, because she remembered the last time we had done it, and after talking through exactly where she needed to go, she was able to demonstrate the rectangle without me having to walk it for her first. Abby struggled a bit with having to adjust her leg position for Micah, due to the differences in their build and was getting on her toe a bit more than normal. After we talked about having a plan to get through the two hard corners and practiced several times, she was able to successfully make it through her corners at the trot. There were also multiple riders in the ring, and while I don’t think that is good for her every lesson, every couple of lessons is good for her to work on her focus and ring etiquette (interacting with other riders in the ring). We were able to practice appropriate passing distances and passing left shoulder to left shoulder in both directions. Sometimes it is hard for Abby to judge the distance she needs, so that is something to continue to work on. We ended over some trot poles and worked on her approach (straight to the middle of the poles from the rail, not cutting her corner) and keeping her heel down and leg forwards to maintain her balance. While I think that, on the whole, Micah is an easier ride than Badger, I do think that Abby is bonded more with Badger and something about the two of them “clicks” and is easier for her to ride than Micah.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Mickey

Lesson Comments:

Lucas rode Mickey for the first time today! He was very excited, and we put him in the bareback pad. Initially, we were supporting his back, however after walking around The ring once, he seems pretty stable, so we just did a thigh hold. He was able to ride with just the thigh hold and no back support for a little over 10 minutes. He was able to steer left and right and turn his head both directions while sitting up.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Tara rode in the big ring today. We worked again on putting all of her body parts together – head, leg, and hands. She did a good job of lowering her hands when asked while trotting, and she seemed to be processing why she needed to do that. The big skill we worked on was not just looking up but turning her head and looking around the corners before she got to the corners. This keeps her body straight and tall, helps tell the horse to prepare to turn, and also helps her body prepare to turn (it’s hard to forget to pull to steer when you are looking around the corner). She struggled a little bit going to the left (pony wanting to go to the middle), so we talked about having a plan and a back up plan (steering at the trot, then going to the walk, steering to the rail, and trotting again if she couldn’t steer at the trot). We ended with a few poles – working on keeping her balance over the poles – heels down every step.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David was very focused in his first lesson back after a few weeks off. He held the reins and enjoyed looking at everybody. He turned when asked with hand-over-hand, but he wasn’t particularly engaged with turning until the end of the lesson. Instead, when given the choice to stand up or walk on, through the whole first half of the lesson, he chose to stand up. Several times he held it for 5-10 seconds and several times he stood up and sat down multiple times. He cooperated vary well with stretches (tail, ears, toes) and towards the end of the lesson started picking up the reins to ask Bunny to walk instead of standing. At the end, when we halted at the gate to turn left, he looked right at the barn and picked up his right hand a very little bit, so we decided to go to the barn and let him be done.


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Sully had a good first lesson back; he mounted great, picked up the reins and held them the entire ride. We did lots of walking with not as much stopping as we had been doing. Although he let us stop walking without crying, he clearly wanted to walk on; it took a lot of prompting to have him cue the horse to walk on with his hands. He let us help him do a few stretches, but wanted to continue moving. He seemed very happy to be on the horse. After he rode, he did a great job brushing.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather seemed focused and had a good warm-up with lots of trotting. She interacted well with other riders in the ring and kept a good distance and steered around them appropriately. Her leg was very secure, although she did have some trouble with looking down by the mounting block and gate and could not seem to have a plan to keep trotting past the trouble points. When it came time to canter, she cantered from halfway down the short end and all the way down the long side of the arena, looking up. Her leg is on, but her heel is not down as far as it should be. After one great canter, she fell apart a little bit and struggled to canter again (looking down, on her toe, etc).


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt came to her lesson with a great attitude! She warmed up well at the walk and had a great trot. Her heels still need some more work, but she was able to plan ahead and keep Val trotting through the corners by the gate. She trotted twice without stopping and trotted around the ring about 8x total. To end, we practiced cutting the ring into thirds (essentially a giant circle) and trotted over 3 trot poles. while staying on the circle. We talked about the track verbally, and she was able to walk and then trot it without me having to physically walk/demonstrate her track for her. Very well done.


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the canter independently in the small ring.

Short Term Goal:

Cantering in the small ring.

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode Bunny in the little ring, with the goal of cantering her after successfully cantering her in the round pen. As per usual with Bunny, Ari started off not connected with her body – lots of leaning forward and pulling on Bunny’s mouth, instead of sitting back and using her leg, so I started her off trotting withe the lunge whip to get her brain engaged with her body. She kept looking down to the side, so we stopped and identified where she needed to look to tell Bunny how to get to the corners. Once Ari was riding and steering well, we started trotting over the crossrail; I raised it to encourage Bunny to jump and canter, and asked Ari to make Bunny have a very big trot and focus on the jump, instead of having her focus on asking for the canter and overthinking the process. After several times of trotting it, Ari got several canter strides! After we talked about sitting up in the corner to steer, so that Bunny dos not go wide around the jump, she cantered before the jump four more times and had one great canter jump. Her position at the canter is relatively stable – her heels could be down more and she could sit better, but she is holding the mane and gripping very hard with her legs. When I introduced the idea of sitting the trot and asking Bunny to canter, she began to get disorganized and distracted. I think that just like the trot, I will have to do lots of helping at the canter until her muscle memory can take over. I was very proud of her riding today.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt had a great lesson on Val! I was able to talk with Kathy about Britt not wanting to trot in her lessons, and she informed me that she can’t use her heart as an excuse to not work. With her mom there, Brittany trotted almost the entire lesson, both directions and over poles. Her heel has suffered a bit, but I do think we can get it back in shape. We also discussed adding back in a hack for her each week to help prep for her lesson. Overall, Britt seemed to be in a great mood and happy to be trotting and working.


Harle, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was fantastic on Oliver today! He rode off lead for the first time and was engaged and brave the entire lesson. We worked on a figure 8, and after talking, he was able to recognize that we were using Oliver to make a number on the ground – two circles together. He quickly picked up on the idea of turning in a different direction each time after walking over the pole. After working on the figure 8, he happily did around the world in the bareback pad. Then we played hide and seek with mom, counting to 10, 20, and 30. He turned both left and right confidently and without any prompting from me. I was very proud of him! He demonstrated control over Oliver with planning ahead and confidence.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily continued the work we did last week on the figure 8 over the pole in the round pen – I had to do much less reminding about keeping Sophie straight and turning once she reached the fence, not before. After successfully completing the exercise several times in both directions, we ended in the ring, putting the exercise to use over poles set around a jump. She was very focused today and did a great job adding on to what we worked on the last time.


V, Andres

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

When walking up to the crossties, Andres went straight to the grooming bucket and picked up a brush and took it to Badger! His brushing itself still needs improvement, but he chose to interact with the horse without prompting. He helped do the buckles on the girth again, although Badger is a bit tall for that. He held the reins almost 100% of the ride. Still hand over hand prompting for turning. Except for the trot, he did not need physical balance support during the lesson. He was a bit less balanced at the trot today, falling forward while giggling – may be because badger’s trot is more bumpy? We worked primarily over jumps in the ring, and when halted in front of a jump and asked if he wanted to jump, he said jump 3x. I also attempted to introduce two-point; he understood reaching forward to grab the name over the jump, but then he just collapsed onto Badger’s neck and hugged him, so that will be a work in progress! He also posted 5 or 6 times at the halt. We ended by a walk in the grass, and he enjoyed reaching down on both sides to feed Badger grass again. When done, he took his helmet to the tack room with mom’s assistance.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant was much more focused this morning. We were in the little ring, and he was able to successfully steer around himself with minimal distractions. We worked on circling the jumps in the ring. He successfully identified the jumps and circled a small circle multiple times; when asked to make a large circle around the jumps, he was unable to do so. I tried to verbally identify a large circle as being “far away” from the jump, which just caused him to turn away from the jump and make a very small circle in the opposite direction, not around a jump. He successfully made a large circle when directly following me but was unable to complete it by himself. His posture was very good the entire lesson, and he kept his heels down with minimal reminders, and even adjusted his stirrups himself once or twice. At the end of the lesson, he trotted to me three times from the other end of the ring, maintaining his balance the entire way and heels down most of the way. While trotting, he twice lowered his hands from too high when verbally prompted, which he found very difficult to do our last lesson.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon started off in the round pen, doing some figure 8’s over the pole and steering by herself. She asked to go to the little ring, where we worked on a modified figure 8 pattern over two small jumps. She did a great job steering and knew where she was going most times when we stopped at the fence. Determined to work more on her core, we did more standing up and got to 20, which earned the national anthem. At the end, asked if she wanted to do the pattern or go for a walk, she chose the walk.


Moore, Barbra

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Barbara did great again today! Once we got situated, we headed straight out to the field, where we utilized some of the hills. Her balance was very good up and down the hills and doing them at the start of the lesson helped lessen the fatigue. We ended doing a figure 8 in the little ring over some very tiny jumps, where she had to consciously lean back over them to keep Micah moving forward. We finished off lead doing the pattern and talked about working towards doing most of the lesson off lead, starting in the little ring (still using a header).


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Tara rode Badger today and was a bit nervous after her cantered a few steps with her the last lesson; however, I explained that because he was following the other horses when he did that, he would be fine without any other ones in the ring. She had boots and chaps, which helped tremendously with her leg position and gave her much more stability! She kept hime trotting multiple times abound the arena; the most difficult part was steering while tracking left, when she had to keep a very strong position with her leg on to keep Badger from ducking to the middle. Overall, once the initial nervousness passed, she was confident and in control. With the better use of her heels and legs, she had less pulling up on her hands while trotting and was able to correct her hand position with a verbal prompt while trotting.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant was still unfocused today, but we were working on some harder concepts. He remembered about keeping the stirrups on the balls of his feet and mentioned it to me as he was mounting, without any prompting. Overall, his foot position was much better during the ride, but we still have a ways to go. He was able to correct the stirrup placement without mending down or looking at it about 50% of the time, although I was still having to ask a direct question instead of just being able to say “heels down” or “fix your stirrup.” He also was struggling with his hands’ position on the reins and relative to the horse again this week. We had to physically go over how to pick up the reins the proper way multiple times, when in the past he has been able to correct his rein hold with just a verbal prompt. When trotting, he kept pulling the reins all the way up to his chest and unbalancing himself and couldn’t quite get his hands down where they wouldn’t interfere with his balance of the horse. When he did put his hands down, he held the saddle, which caused him to unbalance more. I tied a hair tie in Badger’s hair where I wanted Grant’s hands to be to help give him a visual cue. This did help a bit – although his hands remained too high when trotting, they were t pulling back to make Badger stop or causing him to be unbalanced. It is a harder concept (pushing your hands down and forwards, while sitting up straight and not leaving), and we will keep practicing it.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina had a solid first lesson back. She retained a lot of skills – turning was great, she remembered her two point, etc. we have lost a lot of her muscle and stamina, though. She slouched the entire lesson and was very unbalanced. When asked to do a two-point over the jumps. , she struggled to look up; Sabrina also struggled with not leaning back when she pulled back on her hands to make the pony halt. We had worked on that quite a bit last time, but I think we will just have to work on it again. She did a great job with her stretches and was able to reach the tail and ears easily. Her main objective over the next few lessons will just be to start to build up her strength and coordination again. It was great to see her back, and I can’t wait to see her again!


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Heather rode Badger much, much better this week! She was focused and didn’t lean forward or take her leg off! He kept trotting 3 and 4 times around the ring without stopping, with a very strong trot. She kept her hands above his neck without pulling on them for balance of when she got unbalanced. Unfortunately, we had to walk and cut the lesson a few minutes short because she had on capris and her legs were getting rubbed raw; she had her pants in the car but did not want to wear them (per mom), so hopefully, she has learned that she needs to wear her pants and keep her lower leg covered.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode in the round pen this week – it had been several weeks since she had been off lead completely. I reintroduced a figure 8 pattern over a pole, which was harder for her than I thought it would be. She missed the pole a few times and occasionally forgot which way to go, but the hardest part was getting Sophie straight to the fence. Emily kept cutting her corners in the tune and not using the full circle, so we had to review how to stop straight and using her inside leg to move Sophie over. To finish, I had her go straight towards me over the pole and turn only after I called out which direction at the last second. To successfully complete the exercise, she had to keep Sophie very straight until I told her a direction. She tried to guess what I would say a few times and turned the wrong way a few times, but at the end, she successfully completed the exercise 3x in both directions. We ended with a few small trots.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas rode Badger but was a bit out of sorts and not wanting to participate as much as he normally does, although he did do a good job holding the reins and steering when prompted. He had remembered my promise that he could ride Mickey and had been anticipating riding Mickey that lesson. After I promised he would ride Mickey his next lesson, he was a bit more amenable to working, but we ended with an easy ride since he was so distracted. Next lesson, Mickey!


Cumming, Lilly

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Lilly had a great lesson. We did lots of trotting to work on her balance as well as doing some steering over poles and attempting a figure 8. Her balance is improving greatly at the trot, with very minimal bouncing. Her new brace continues to help the heel go down. She was excited again about being a year older and getting to help take care of her pony more. Her posting at the walk is very strong, and I think she feels the rhythm of the trot. I would like to try a lunge on Val to see if we can get her to post a bit at the trot instead of just at the walk.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon started in the round pen today, where we worked on the figure 8 again, then moved to the big ring and asked Moose to go over some jumps. Sister was watching today, so she did a great job steering, and she knew where she wanted to go in the ring without much prompting. She stood up in the stirrups to 10 several times and was a bit balanced forward but stayed out of the saddle as best as possible. She ended with some trotting in the round pen and a short walk.


Moore, Barbra

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Barbara’s first ride back was great! I can see a huge improvement in your core strength and balance. The lean to the right is something we will need to watch and remember to have the person on that side assist with a thigh hold as needed and to utilize circles and the natural movement of the horse as much as possible to help you balance. The ring work was very competent, and your balance walking in the field was quite good, even though it was at the end of the ride and up and down the small hills. I would like to see several things over the next few months – off lead work over poles, etc in the little ring; improved balance through your hips at the walk, however that is achieved; an entire ride outside the ring.


Stone, Mackenzie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Kenzie had a great first lesson! I introduced the brushes, tack, etc, even though she is familiar with some of it, to gauge her interest and skill level. We did the usual safety introduction, including how we introduce ourselves to horses, walk behind them safely, etc. While riding, I introduced a new way to hold the reins, made sure she knew how to stop the horse, and did some exercises to test her balance and strength.

Moving forward with Kenzie, my initial goals are going to be getting her comfortable with direct reining (as opposed to neck reining, which she had been doing previously), building up her core strength, and instilling a good, basic position that will be the basis of her future riding. This will involve practice and some strengthening exercises, since she is currently trying to turn with both hands and leaning through her turns. She had some difficulty with the introduction of new skills, not from a seeming comprehension standpoint but more from a physiological standpoint – making her brain tell her body what to do. Utilizing a peer rider seemed to work very well – while Kenzie struggled with posting (rising up and down from the saddle) initially, trying to raise and lower her arms instead of standing up and down, once she saw Vivi demonstrate posting, she was able to imitate her immediately. Peer riders will be very helpful when introducing new skills. Her core muscles seem a bit weak, and she has a bit of difficulty with cross-body movements, so I will incorporate exercises to work on those.

Overall, Kenzie worked very hard and exhibited great enjoyment with the lesson. I think Kenzie is going to be a lot of fun to teach, and I hope she will get a lot out of horseback riding!


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Tara rode Micah very well; she kept him trotting around the ring while steering. Although her heels are great at the walk, the flexibility of her boots at the trot causes her foot to slip and slide in the stirrups, so she is having difficulty with balance. We worked on keeping her hands down while trotting and explained why (so she doesn’t put all her weight on the horse’s mouth). We ended by trotting over three poles several times, working on going straight over them and keeping her hands and heels down to balance. She was much more interested in tacking up after our ground lesson the week prior.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant was unfocused this afternoon; if was his first lesson in his new boots, so we did have to take some time and talk about his boots. They sit differently on his feet and set his feet differently in the stirrups, so I expect there to be an adjustment period. We talked about the different parts of his feet and where his feet needed to be in the stirrups (the ball, not the arch); at the moment, his main problem is letting the stirrup fall back to the arch (bc he doesn’t keep his heels down), causing his toes to point to the ground and his body to become unbalanced. However, on the brief moments his feet were in position, he looked fantastic! I continue to notice improvement in his core strength – I am not having to tell him to sit up at all! I showed him that his boots had a line on them where his stirrups should go, and we practiced seeing if they were on the line or not, which should hopefully allow him to start feeling where the stirrups needed to be. He was not able to feel it at all today, but had to stop and look each time I asked him if his feet were in the right position, and he could not always correct it by moving his feet, but tried to reach down and move the stirrup with his hand, or I had to move it for him. He also seemed to have a bit of trouble holding the reins the correct way, which we will work on more the next lesson.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather rode Val again after Badger for a few weeks, and she did a great job! Got her leg on, looked up, used her crop appropriately and did not pull on Val’s face. Her trot was very energetic and forwards, and we were able to work on not holding the martningale during the ride – she finally has enough leg and balance to pick her hands up without pulling. Most impressively, she cantered half the ring (2 corners) without stopping. Her heels were relatively well down, and she stayed upright with her leg on. After the great canter, though, she started to fall apart (as is sometimes typical for her), so we ended there and discussed trying again next time.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

I was looking to build on Dagmar’s last lesson with the great steering! She did a great job helping tack and untack, especially in figuring out how to get the rainbow reins on and off the halter – instead of giving up, she adjusted her grip until she was able to unhook them. We were back in the round pen again, and she was a bit less motivated than the last lesson to steer, although she was still steering when prompted. We worked again over the pole, and I said that she could go to the mountain after walking over the pole, which she did. However, earlier we had talked about her shoes and how they needed to stay on her feet – if she took them off, she wouldn’t be able to go to the mountain because it was unsafe. As we were walking to the field, she took her shoes off, so we had to head back in. However, she was able to articulate why we couldn’t walk on the mountain – unsafe to take her shoes off – and did not throw a fit; she also said she would keep them on the next lesson. She helped untack well. In the cross ties, she is running up and around the other horses, so I attempted to set a boundry by showing her the line in the concrete in front of the cross tie and telling her that she is not to go over it unless an adult says ok, and we practiced that. Hopefully, it will sink in!


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Riding Oliver off lead one entire lesson in the small ring.

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode Oliver to see how she is doing with her focusing and balance. I told her that Oliver is harder to ride than the other ponies and that he likes being ridden in a very specific way. She listened very well and did exactly what I asked with her hand and leg. She trotted him very well off lead in the round pen, leaving her hands quiet and using more leg to steer. We had a brief rain shower which necessitated removal to the small ring behind the barn, where we finished riding on the lunge, which she did very well on. Despite a few coordination issues, she took instruction very seriously and focused very well, staying balanced and out of Oliver’s mouth with quiet hands. I was proud of her, and told her we would be working towards being able to ride Oliver off lead first in the little ring and then eventually one day in the big ring.


chisholm, david

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Anxious

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Steering when prompted 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

David came to ride when it was raining, so I wasn’t sure how he would handle the change in routine. However, despite a bit of fussiness, overall, he did great. We walked in the barn for a bit and attempted some brushing from the saddle, and then ventured out in the drizzle. David cried a bit at first when he realized we weren’t doing the usual routine, and he had to leave mom, but soon settled and focused. After about 5 minutes, he picked up the reins and held them very firmly. We were able to utilize the little ring; he pulled the reins when verbally prompted in the corners, over 50% of the ride. Most exciting, while at the top of the ring, he pulled both hands to the right, towards where mom and grandpa were standing in the barn aisle, so we went over to them. First time steering spontaneously, not in a corner, etc! He needed to ride longer, so was a bit discomfited when I made him keep riding after steering to mom but was relatively calm walking down the driveway and back. Overall, dealing with the rain, change in routine, etc, I think he did very well.


V, Andres

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Andres was engaged with Badger on the ground before he mounted; while he wasn’t very interested in brushing, he did pat and stand next to Badger. I encouraged him to brush with hand-over-hand. We used the bareback pad instead of the saddle to see what Andres would do. He was a little more wobbly at first, but he soon figured out where his balance in the middle of the horse was. He held the reins unprompted most of the ride, but seemingly had no inclination to attempt a turn. We were able to convince him to lay down on Badger, which he seemed to enjoy. His balance at the trot was also very good in the bareback pad. When we walked out of the ring, I halted Badger and picked some long stem grass that Andres could hold and encourage Badger to turn his head and eat it from his hands on both sides. Once Badger understood, Andres really seemed to enjoy feeding him! He acknowledged Badger, smiling and giggling at him. At the end, mom took Andres to put his helmet up – after a few weeks of that, I am going to start encouraging him to put up other tack as well.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Tara was able to trot Micah around the big ring two or three times – she kept him going very well and looked up, although her heels weren’t down/ The rain started, however, so we had to go in the barn. We finished the lesson by doing a barn lesson/ Tara learned the parts of the saddle and bridle, and we talked about different bits and their uses. She’s great at memorizing things and learned all the parts very quickly as well as seeming interested in learning about it. I am excited for her to continue learning about horsemanship and horse care as she takes lessons.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Heather rode Badger again; her leg and planning were better this time – she was trying hard to keep her lower leg on and not let it pop off. She was able to self correct her looking down toward the end of the lesson. However, while her skills were better than the last lesson, she was getting more frustrated towards the end of the lesson (even though she wa riding better), and we had to have a talk about not yanking on Badger’s mouth when he put his head down but to correct him by moving him forward off his leg.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant rode very well; we had a short review of circles around an object. I asked Grant to circle three jumps with a small circle. He successfully demonstrates a small circle each time. However, when he tried to circle a pole (instead of a jump), he circled in front of the pole rather that around it, and I had to physically help him walk around the the pole. A skill to continue to come back to. We worked on position and trotting on Badger in the round pen. I have seen a huge improvement in his balance and core strength the past few weeks. After we talked about how his leg was supposed to hold Badger, and practiced it, he was able to end with a sit trot all by himself around the round pen – sitting up, leg on and heels down, and not holding himself in the saddle with his hands. Best posture I have ever seen on him at the trot! We also practiced not posting woo high at the walk, and I tried to reinforce again through example that posting too high means he will topple forward.


Harle, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Jacob had a great first lesson back! He was excited to be in the barn and around the horses, and remembered his steering, etc, although he did turn his hands around on the reins a few times. He offered to do around the world without any prompting and rode backwards as well. He trouble lifting his left leg over Ollie’s crest, but handled his right leg fine. He wanted to be done a bit early, but I was able to keep him on to complete a few steering tasks in the big ring before he was all done.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Tara rode Val in the round pen. We worked on putting all the parts of a good position together, since Tara was having trouble doing multiple things at once – looking up, heels down, and squeezing with her leg in place. Val requires her to do all of those things for him to trot, so she was able to feel when she did not accomplish one of those things, because he stopped trotting. He also made her plan ahead, because he liked to stop by the gate – so she had to create a plan for her body to keep Val going past the gate and plan ahead before he stopped. By the end of the lesson, she was able to post twice around the round pen without stopping.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode Val in the big ring and was fantastic with him! She started off a bit frustrated that was was being slow, but she felt her hard work rewarded – when she persisted in making him trot without giving up, he trotted very, very well with minimal effort. She Trotter multiple times around the ring without stopping and was able to feel a good position – heels down, leg on, eyes up and hands down. While trotting, she was able to follow specific position cues such as hands down, etc and processing those while her attention was on trotting. She cantered on the lunge to end, and we focused on really getting her depth in her heels so she stayed in the saddle and balanced. She was successfully able to canter one circle on the lunge with her heels down.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Will was a bit out of sorts, and started off not very happy or willing to work. He did not want to hold the reins or engage with the horse or listen to corrections. We spent the first half of the lesson in the big ring and walking on the grass. However, as we finished up, he asked to go into the round pen, where we were able to be a bit silly and engage him with a game. He was able to end happily and engaged, turning by himself when asked with only a verbal prompting.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Badger was a bit naughty for Abby, but she worked through it like a champ. When going left, her left heel is not as far down as the right, and he was pulling her to the middle. After we talked to come up with a plan (sit back when cuing the trot, keep her leg on) and a back up plan (halt, walk him back to the fence and then trot again), she was able to successfully adjust her position and use her back up plan when he didn’t listen. When we jumped, she had a successful first jump, and then Badger began to rerun out. We again were able to talk plan a and b. Plan a was to lean back and post to the base of the jump to drive him over it with her leg – no leaning. Plan b was to discipline him if he ran out – stop him immediately, back him up, circle to the jump and use leg and crop to make him go over it. She successfully used plan b when a did not work and made badger very aware of who was in charge. After circling him to the jump, she approached again from the rail, and he cantered the jump because her leg was so strong. I was very proud of Abby for being able to think her way out of two situations and not only remembering but executing her back up plan when something went wrong.


Velasco, Andres

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Andres was not so interested in brushing today; however, he was very happy to ride! He held the reins almost 100% of the ride, and he picked hem up himself several times when he dropped them. He was engaged, acknowledging the other riders and talking. He enjoyed trotting and walking in the grass. His balance was good, with only minimal support.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Heather rode Badger for the first time in awhile and had some difficulty adjusting to his size and gait. He is skinner than Val, and I believe it’s harder for her to keep her leg on him because of that. She was focused, but she continually lost her heel depth and looked down, causing Badger to stop. She will need a few lessons on Badger to get to the point where she can canter him. I was proud that when he tried to jerk the reins out of her hands, she didn’t yank on his face, but instead used her leg to make him pick his head up.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David was unhappy today because he wanted to hold a bracelet while he was walking. He didn’t try to dismount from Bunny but did cry a lot and did not want to hold the reins. His balance was good – he didn’t want us to do an ankle or thigh hold and would push our hands away, but he was able to stay balanced while he was riding without assistance. We attempted a few trots to see if the input would help him calm down, but while they helped for a few steps, he started crying again. Walking outside of the ring seemed to be marginally better than walking inside. At the end of the lesson, he did stop crying. The second to last time we walked around the ring, he picked up the reins without any prompting and held them the entire way around the ring; during our last circuit, he let us help him turn Bunny.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode in the big ring and we worked on pole patterns. Her balance was very good, although she had to have a few reminders about steering with her leg. She stayed off lead the entire ride and steered well, moving Sophie off the the rail with her leg and only using her hands as back up after our reminders.


Hunsberger, Tori

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Tori rode well with minimal sidewalker support, becoming fatigued after approx 20 minutes. When she did fall backwards, her body was incredibly tight; it will be hard for a young or short sidewalker to support her. Her steering was good, although we had to stop several towns to figure out the best was to position her hands on the reins/saddle. We discussed that she was too tall and heavy to be supported in the saddle for more than a few minutes/short distance to dismount, so that when she becomes fatigued at camp, she will have to dismount.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Hannah was incredibly focused and glad to be on the horse today – I didn’t have to make any roads, and she steered off lead the entire lesson! She trotted in the round pen unassisted and listened to instructions while she was trotting (for instance, twice she lifted her hands holding the reins up to her chest, and she listened when I told her to lower them while she was trotting.) Her balance was great. When we went in the big ring, although I walked next to her, she not only was steering by herself without input from me, but she was also planning ahead in her steering. She knew which jumps she wanted to go to and had a plan to steer Bunny around the ring to get to all of them. Her turning was very appropriate as well – she was aware of her use of space and turned to the middle of the jumps, not turning very early or late and missing a jump. The few she under turned or overshot, she self corrected. I was very proud of her today.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had a red letter day! We tried Micah for the first time in awhile (since she’s been steering by herself). We walked around the ring a few times with me leading and then off lead with me next to her. We practiced steering and shortening her reins. When I stepped away, Dagmar kept steering all by herself. She walked around the ring several times and was able to successfully steer Micah to the pole in the middle of the ring. After steering by herself, she asked to ride bareback and be done; I told her she had to walk over the pole by herself 4 more times in order for her to be able to ride bareback. She immediately turned Micah to walk over the pole! She had a bit of trouble counting to 4 (or, more precisely, connecting the number of times she walked over the pole with counting to 4), but continued to walk over the pole until I told her she had walked over 4 times. She did count the correct number on her fingers. She walked bareback on Micah around the ring and wanted to do lots of hugging and laying on him; we talked about how if she wanted to ride bareback, she had to sit in a certain place on his back. She wanted to ride back to the barn and kept sliding back, but she was able to chose to go back to the barn appropriately (her choices are to walk back or ride back in the proper position) and was able to chose without having a meltdown. She did a good job helping tack and untack. We hosed Micah – when I asked her if she wanted to use soap on him, she ran to the tack room and got the saddle soap that we used last week to clean the bridle. I was so proud of her for remembering where the soap was! We used the appropriate soap for Micah and hosed him off.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt wasn’t feeling good at all today, although she did ride. She was happy to walk Val around the ring a few times. We practiced her two point at the halt, really putting her heels down. She put two sets of poles together into a little course and practiced holding her two point over them at the walk.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant had a Bunny ride to work on his trot. Overall, his upper body strength has improved greatly. When he sits up and pushes his shoulders back, he doesn’t hollow out his lower back and push his stomach forward anymore; he is sitting up straight with a straight back and letting his legs hang straight underneath him, without them pushing forward. He struggled a bit to steer bunny until he remembered to use his leg. His sitting trot was very good, but he couldn’t get his leg under him to push up into the posting trot. Figuring out how to hold the horse’s belly with his leg is going to be hard for him, and I think will just require a great deal of reinforcement. He has to hold the horse’s belly with his lower calf while keeping his knee bent. Squats and anything that can show him how to wrap his leg around an object and squeeze (exercise ball) will be great exercises for him. He did seem to enjoy riding Bunny and loved the trotting. He was able to process several position instructions while he was trotting – for instance, I would tell him to lower his hands when they were too high, and he responded immediately without needing to take time to think about the instruction.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant worked on putting together two separate elements together into a course today. He remembered again that he needed to go far away to turn properly to his poles! I had two sets of poles set on on “L” shape, so that he had to make a 90 degree turn in between the poles. Sometimes I asked him to complete a loop to start the pattern again, and sometimes I had him turn back to me. He did a great job. The first time or two, he had difficulty remembering that he was supposed to continue on after the first poles – he would turn back and try to do them again. However, after some repetition, he did a great job. The most difficult part for him was figuring out where to make the turn to the second set of poles – he wanted to turn very early. After I stood in the corner and made him turn when he walked past me, he was able to turn more accurately to the center of the poles. He also looked down several times over the second set of poles, which caused Badger to walk out of them, so we worked on looking up and using peripheral vision to steer. There were a few other riders in the ring, and Grant did a fantastic job of focusing on his tasks and not getting distracted.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

I started off by asking Will if he wanted to turn now or later and letting him run into the fence a few times. When we got to the culvert, and he said “turn left,” I asked him “now or later?”; he thought a second, then said “later.” At the appropriate point, he said “turn now.” Very proud of him for picking up on the concept so quickly! Through the rest of the lesson, he was a bit unfocused, not wanting to hold the reins. I started stopping Bunny each time he dropped the reins,l and not letting her walk on until he picked them up again, which seemed to help. When we went for a walk, he wanted to walk along side the arena and not go up the hill, but he was able to be flexible and let us walk up the hill before we walked next to the arena. At the end of the lesson, he briefly helped hose off Bunny, which he seemed to enjoy!


Cumming, Lilly

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lilly was very proud of being a big 5 year old today; she seems to have been maturing a lot over the past several lessons. She had great steering in round pen – I did not lead her at all. There was some apprehension about trotting badger, but she remembered our convo about relative bumpiness and that Oliver’s trot is the bumpiest, so she decided she could trot – once she did trot, she remembered she liked Badger’s trot. Good balance at the trot but did not attempt steering (I think because Badger is harder to sit the trot than Bunny due to bumpiness). She did ask him to walk/halt from trot when I prompted by pulling on reins. She walked between me and Sarah twice in big ring without a leader and successfully halted Badger by self with verbal prompting. She steered over several jumps, creating a plan in her head about where she wanted to go. Very solid in her skills and enthusiastic today.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Hannah was feeling more independent today. She didn’t call much for dad and was content to stay where I asked her to stay/do the tasks I asked her to do. I didn’t lead her in the round pen; I was able to let her steer by herself the entire time. She steered around the outside a few times before she got a bit bored with that and started cutting through the middle. She was having trouble judging where she should turn to walk over the pole in the middle of the ring, because she kept looking down. To help get her on track and a bit more focused, I made a road with the rake, and she had a really good time following me through several turns. Overall, she was enthusiastic and relatively focused today.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David had a great lesson! He held the reins the entire lesson, picking them up without prompting after he dropped them when doing as exercise. He very clearly asked Bunny to walk on when we were stopped by shaking the reins, and even shook the reins once or twice while we were walking – so I took to opportunity to trot, so he could learn he can ask Bunny to do that as well. We halted approximately 10 times, and each time, he cued Bunny to walk on again – his waiting/processing time is becoming much less. His turning was good as well. He had two turns where he very clearly picked up the reins and tried to pull his left hand out when we came up to the turn, and he had a verbal prompt to turn. The rest of the turns, he would tighten his hand on the reins and start to pull or move his hand a little bit to the side. He was not very motivated to stand up this time – he seems more motivated to stand up when other riders are in the ring and he can see them posting, etc.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Huge day for heather!! After a very solid trotting warm up (leg on, heel down, looking up, appropriate use of crop), I told her she could try to canter. She got about 6 strides in, sitting up, heel down and looking up! She cantered once more for about four strides, and then the excitement of having cantered by herself in the big ring started making her get uncoordinated and over excited. A really good start to cantering by herself in the big ring.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt was feeling very good and wanted to trot today. She trotted several times around the ring without stopping. Her upper body had a great position today (looking up, not leaning forward), but she couldn’t quite get her heels down while she was trotting. She did three trot poles several times, and only stopped once in each direction – she was doing a great job of squeezing up to the poles but then stopped squeezing over the poles, and Val took advantage of that. Once we talked about squeezing over every pole, she was able to keep him going.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Ari had a great lesson on Bunny. The wind was a bit crazy, so we stayed in the round pen for focusing/safety. Her trotting was very good; her leg stayed in place, she was steering well. I was very impressed that Ari stayed on task and focused even with the loud noise and large gusts of wind. She wanted to try and canter Bunny, so we worked on the canter transition. Even though I helped with the whip, she was able to successfully canter Bunny three or four times! Bunny does not like cantering in the round pen, and Ari was the first student I’ve had be able to successfully canter her in the round pen. Ari’s canter is a bit all over the place right now; she tried to keep her heels down but bounced right out of the saddle, and managed to hang on through sheer tenacity and gripping with her legs. I love her determination! Like learning to trot, she just needs lots of repetition of the canter in the round pen on Bunny (faster, smaller pony) and on the lunge line on Val (slower, bigger) to get a feel for the different kinds of canter and learn how to sit and wrap her leg around the horse. My next canter goal for her is to canter Bunny all the way around the round pen in a balanced position and to canter Val all the way around the little ring in a balanced position.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Will started working on not just knowing where he wanted to go and telling Bunny, but also on when to turn. Prior to this lesson, when he is turning Bunny on lead, I’ve been rewarding the turn by making Bunny go where he wants to go. Today, we started working on Will’s spatial awareness with the horse; so when he turned Bunny to go right to the ring too early, for instance, I let him turn Bunny into the fence. Will had to turn back in the opposite direction and then wait to turn right. After verbal prompting and seeing that Bunny could not go any further, Will self corrected, but cannot see where he needs to turn before he turns. I will keep prompting this behavior by asking him when he starts to turn if he wants to turn now or later and hopefully, he will start to think about where he is turning before he turns. The wind was very strong today, and Will seemed to love it!


chisholm, david

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa when prompted 25% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

David really seemed to grasp the concept of him being able to cue the horse to move forward today. We did our usual warm up, and he was very good about holding the reins. Cuing him to turn, he had an occasional slight pull or tightening of his hands on the reins after physical and verbal prompting, but he was much the same as he has been. Most exciting, we worked in the second half of the lesson on asking Bunny to stop and then giving David a choice of walking on or standing up; previously, when we did this exercise, he has wanted to stand up and get high fives. Today he stood up a few times, then, instead of standing up, he shook the reins. When I asked him if he wanted to walk on, he shook the reins again. Very excited to see that fact that he can ask Bunny to do something and have her do it is clicking!


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Noah steered Badger by himself in the round pen for the first time. He had to focus very hard to keep holding the reins and not let them go. He was able to make Badger walk all the way around the outside of the ring as well as do several turns through the middle and some circles. He occasionally got confused about which rein to pull, but overall did a great job. After about ten minutes in the round pen, he got a little bored, so we did some poles and jumps in the big ring before going on a short walk. In his two-point, we worked on not letting go of the reins over the pole or jump.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

I let Tara ride in the big ring as promised! We talked about how we rode in the big ring; she wanted to trot right away and was very insistent about it. We talked about how riding is like building blocks, and we learn something and then add on new skills as she becomes a better rider, but that we can’t forget the new skills as she becomes better – so first, before she trotted, she had to show me that she could steer Badger round the ring at the walk, staying on the trail and not cutting her corners – she acknowledged that if she couldn’t steer him at the wall, she would not be able to steer him at the trot. After successfully steering at the trot to me several times, she tried to trot around the ring all by herself. Tara did a fantastic job of steering into her corners and not letting Badger fall to the inside. Her heels consistently came up at the tort, putting her off balance or slipping through the stirrups; she was able to feel that that happened without me telling her. She simply needs more saddle time with exercises to train her muscle memory to be able to keep her heels down without having to work so hard at it. Over the next 4-6 lessons, I expect to see strength and coordination improvement and to start letting her trot on her two-point and over poles.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Moose was struggling a bit in the little ring – the grass was just too tempting! – and Shannon was not able to go off lead, even though she wanted to. She was getting a bit frustrated, so we went to the round pen. In the round pen, moose was more cooperative, and Shannon was able to steer off lead between me, mom, and dad, turning both directions with verbal prompting. She shortened her reins twice without any prompting and is still holding onto green. We talked about alternatives for her reins, since it is just hard for her to keep her fingers closed. For one of her next goals, I’d like to have her steer around the outside of the round pen, now that she has gotten very good at steering across the middle. Using three people in the round pen to steer to in a sort of triangle shape may help her start to do that.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

My lesson prior to hers was running a bit late, so Emily got to have some free riding time for a few minutes at the beginning of her lesson, which she loved. She practiced the various pole elements that I had set out. As always, getting Sophie to walk over the flowerbox was the most difficult, because the space that the horse had to step over was very narrow. If she looked down a little bit or over corrected on the approach, Sophie would just step around the box. She really had to start straight through her body and use her leg to push her over the box. After about 4 tries, she was successful. We needed in the little ring, but Sophie was a bit distracted by grass, barn, etc and was much harder for Emily – pulling reins out of her hand, not steering etc. Emily did correct her a few times and was able to end by walking around the rail.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Following instructions while riding without a leader for 50% of the ride.

Short Term Goal:

Keeping hands on reins 100% of ride; steering unprompted 25% of ride. Identifying objects with proper terminology or modifying words unprompted (e.g., “the orange and white jump” not just “that”).

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar was very excited to go back out in the field again! I continued to reinforce that she had to hold onto green for Bunny to walk. She was much better about holding onto green today, and picked up her hands on green several times without prompting after she had dropped her reins. We were able to walk up the hills and back aways into the woods. She showed very good balance on the hills, leaning forward and backwards without prompting. Building on her conversational skills last week, we had several back and forth conversations, where she answered a questions without having to prompt a yes/no or give her two choices to choose from. She kept her hands on the reins about 75% of the ride. She again asked “what the name of that rider on that horse is” but didn’t want to ask the rider their name directly, although she did ask if she could pet their horse. She was very balanced when we trotted. At the end, she asked to go pick dandelions again. She helped take off the girth from the saddle at the end of the ride.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather had a solid lesson in the big ring. Since she had a week off, we worked on getting her trotting solid – looking up, not leaning, keeping her leg on. She managed to keep going four times around without stopping. Her heels were coming up with a bit of looking down, so we lunged to canter instead of cantering on her own in the ring. Hopefully of her warm up is solid her next lesson, she can try cantering by herself.


Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Alert, Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Weaving successfully through three obstacles three times with only verbal prompting.

Lesson Comments:

Grant stayed well-focused today, despite riding with another rider in the ring. He had moments where he was distracted, but he managed to stay on task through the whole lesson. We reviewed what we worked on last week – counting the poles as Badger stepped over them, not before or after, and not looking at the poles while he was walking – feeling Badger walk over them. When I asked him if he remembered what we worked on the last lesson, he very confidently said he remembered far away vs close by to walk over the poles; when I asked him to show me what that was, he walked Badger away from the poles before turning to walk over them. I had to help him count the first time he walked over the poles; however, the next three times over the poles, he was able to count in rhythm himself. I then introduced the concept of weaving around jumps (turning left, then right – he has to work different sides of his body, think quickly to change directions, and remain balanced through the change of directions). I walked the pattern so he could see it, and then he walked it himself. The first few times, i stood in the middle and called out the directions to him; the last time, he said he wanted to try it all by himself. He successfully completed the first two turns, then turned the wrong way the last time but corrected when prompted. I would like for Grant to keep working on the weaving pattern over the next few weeks.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany was not feeling very well, and did not want to trot. She walked around several times, and we worked on holding her two-point at the halt for as long as possible before she had to sit down. She did walk over several poles and around a few jumps.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was a bit hesitant/undecided about how/where he wanted to mount Badger. Tonia ended up lifting him on instead of him driving to the ring. Once he was riding, we decided to have a nice relaxed ride. We rode around the grassy area for a bit before going into the ring. He did a great job of holding onto his reins the entire ride and held onto them in his two-point. He was very giggly and talkative towards the end, but he asked to be done relatively quickly.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Noah worked on his steering today; I keep reinforcing with him that we steer and practice balancing first, and then we get to go on a walk after we work hard. He steered Val over and around some poles and was able to make Val turn in a circle when I asked him to. He remembered his two-point again, but he kept dropping his reins while in the two-point. I think it will take a few lessons and/or him steering off lead to remember not to drop the reins. He was very keen on building a sandcastle, but I was able to convince him to wait til after he was done riding! He was very inquisitive on his walk, asking good questions and picked a flower for mom.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Took Tara in the little ring today instead of the round pen. I told her that if she could steer well in the little ring, she could go in the big ring her next ride. She did a great job; Val was a bit slow at first, but instead of getting frustrated, she stuck with it and made him trot. After her muscles got warmed up, we made it a goal to keep Val trotting over two poles on each long side of the arena. For the first few times over them, she would take her leg off or look down. When she made herself sit up and keep her leg on, he successfully kept trotting. Tara’s main objective to work on over the next few lessons will be getting everything organized and together – looking up, heel down, leg on, and processing tasks quickly enough to steer and post at the same time.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Today we worked on rhythm and timing with Grant; for him to be able to post the trot successfully, he will have to be able to feel Badger’s footfalls and Badger’s rhythms, not just relying on my voice to tell him what to do. After steering successfully all the way around the big ring, I asked Grant to walk over a set of 4 poles and count them. Immediately, he started counting without and pause between numbers and told me there were 8 poles that he walked over. I asked him to try and count each pole only as Badger’s first foot stepped over it. He wasn’t able to process what i asked him to do until I led him over the poles, stopping at each one, and helped him tell when to count. Looking at Badger’s feet while he walked also helped. After he successfully did it while looking at Badger’s feet, I asked him to try and FEEL when Badger was stepping over the poles without looking down. He was able to successfully do this in both directions 4 times. To advance the difficulty of this exercise, the next time we repeat it in more than a review, I will either ask him to count over two elements and/or remove or add poles after he has successfully walked over the initial set to make sure he is processing the instructions and not just memorizing. We also talked about, when going back and forth over the poles, the difference between nearby and far away, and that he needed to turn to the poles from far away, not nearby. He did this very well, and self corrected several times when he realized he was turning too closely. At the end of the lesson, when I asked him what we worked on today, he said “far away and nearby” (I think it was easier to articulate than counting each pole while Badger steps over it!).


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon had a good lesson! We started in the big ring, and she wanted to make Moose jump over the jumps we had set up. She did a fantastic job holding onto her reins! She even shortened them without being prompted several times. After some time in the big ring, she took Moose to the round pen and practiced taking Moose between me and Jenny; she had to have help shortening her reins about every other turn, but she kept her hands on green almost the entire time. Moose got a bit bored in the round pen after ten minutes, so we ended with a little walk.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily had a solid lesson. We worked on making sure that she kept her outside aids on and actually turned Sophie’s head when she was wanting to pop her shoulder by the gate.The stirrups have been a big help, but they have to be the correct length to help he keep her heels down, otherwise she presses on her toe and her heels pop up.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

I was so proud of Abby in her lesson! After a slightly bumpy start, she did a great job of keeping Badger trotting all the way around the ring, even though she got tired a few times. We were able to successfully steer across the middle of the ring to the other side when asked on the first try, and I did not have to walk the path for her. I do think working lots of patterns and circles has helped a bit with her spatial recognition. Her poles were straight, and she successfully did poles to cross rail about 5 times, and after one or two reminders, remembered to look up over the cross rail and keep her heels down (the first time she looked down and let her heels go down and lost her balance). The last two times, she had enough leg on that Badger cantered the last three or four steps to the cross rail! She was a little nervous the first time, but she said that when she got nervous, she just thought of “sitting up and putting her heels down,” and she did great! So proud of her for being strong enough that he wanted to canter and of being able to not just think of what she needed to do, but also making her body do it whir Badger was cantering!


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Following instructions while riding without a leader for 50% of the ride.

Short Term Goal:

Keeping hands on reins 100% of ride; steering unprompted 25% of ride. Identifying objects with proper terminology or modifying words unprompted (e.g., “the orange and white jump” not just “that”).

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar was a bit unfocused on the ground today, but she was very focused while riding. She articulated that she wanted to mount in the ring and not behind the barn and led Bunny all the way there. I did not have to hold her hand with the lead rope the entire way, but I did have to refocus her a bit when we entered the ring (the sand is attention-getting). When she got on Bunny, she asked to ride on the mountain, and I told her it was too muddy; then she asked to ride in the forest. When I gave her a choice between steering in the round pen or jumping in the big ring, she chose jumping in the big ring. Very proud of her for being able to pick an alternate choice so quickly! She picked up her reins without prompting and said she wanted to go to “that jump.” I told her she had to tell me which color jump she wanted to go to, and then use the reins to steer bunny, not just point. As she kept dropping the reins today when she got distracted, I told her that from now on, every time she drops the reins, bunny will stop until Dagmar picks them up again. After about 5 stops with a verbal reminder to pick up the reins every time she stopped, Dagmar started picking up the reins after she dropped them with no or minimal verbal prompting when she felt Bunny halt. She continued to be in charge of Bunny during the lesson, deciding to take Bunny to see the hay bales where we talked about what Bunny likes to eat and not letting Bunny eat the grass when Bunny wanted to (telling Bunny no verbally and pulling on the reins simultaneously). She took Bunny (steering unprompted) down the driveway to the hand grazing area and asked dad to pick her three dandelions. After saying she wanted to ride in the little ring, she saw Lisa riding Shaq in the big ring and ended her lesson going back over and talking with Lisa. She carried her saddle to the tack room all by herself with me just spotting. Overall, she showed good initiative and control of Bunny, with planning ahead (where she wanted to go/what she wanted to do).

Verbally today, she continued to improve the way she has the past few weeks. I did not have to ask her “yes or no” to prompt an answer to a question – she answered yeah or no all by herself – and she asked a second question that had two parts – “what is the name of that rider riding that horse” – without any prompting. When she spoke with Lisa, she asked Lisa several questions and answered Lisa’s questions in the affirmative without prompting from me. That is probably the first time Dagmar has had a successful back and forth conversation (Dagnar answered Lisa’s question without prompting, then asked Lisa a question) with one of our riders with no prompting. It is also the first time she has asked for a rider’s name and shown interest in the rider without me telling her to do so. So proud of her!


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt trotted well today. Her leg was on and her heel down. When she trotted over the cavaletti, her leg stayed on and did not slip forward. We stopped a few minutes early because of thunder, but she decided that since she was done early, we could spend the time giving Val and extra good grooming since he still had some mud on him from rolling earlier. She did a fantastic job grooming and got all the mud off!


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
W/T Cavaletti U/S: Good use of hands, stable at trot
W/T Cavaletti O/F1: Good grip on reins but dropped at one point… Nice looking ahead


Doby, Ella

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
W/T Cavaletti U/S: Good rein length, heels came up at trot, wrong diagonal 2nd direction (80)
W/T Cavaletti O/F1: Really good two-point. STEER! (75)
W/T Caveletti O/F2: Good jumping position-STEER!-refusal at jump 2 (45)


Bencs, Madelynn

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
W/T Cavaletti U/S: Good planning and use of eyes. Work on heels. Reins WAY too long (70)
W/T Cavaletti O/F1: Good leg position. Control your horse! (68)
W/T Cavaletti O/F2: Get tough! More leg, less hands. Refusal at jump 3 (45)


Bencs, Madelynn

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
W/T Cavaletti U/S: Good use of eyes. Need shorter reins. STEER! (65)
W/T Caveletti O/F1: Heels came up over poles. Look up! Good Hands. (72)
W/T Cavaletti O/F2: Good hands-very quiet! Plan better. (65)


Wallace, Haley

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Reins too long (70)
O/F1: Check diagonals. “Turtle” two-point. Straight in lines. Keep hands quieter. (75)
O/F2: “Turtle” two-point. High hands. Rein long. (65)


Vignery, Jadyn

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Zeb

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Right elbow out. Quiet! (85)
O/F1: Stayed with the jump. Heels came back. (80)
O/F2: Stayed out of horses way. Rein longer. (77)


Castaing, Callie

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Red

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Close fingers. Twisted Rein. Hands shifted. (85)
O/F1: Right elbow sticks out. Lost stirrup after jump 1. (80)
O/F2: Great planning! Very soft. (85)


Toussaint, Mackenzie

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Great hands. Fixed wrong diagonal. (75)
O/F1: Missed diagonal. Good eyes. Good use of whip. (73)
O/F2: Good diagonals. Good planning! (73)


Toussaint, Adeline

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Need more leg. Shorter rein. Good planning! (73)
O/F1: Wrong diagonal. Good eyes! Good planning. (77)
O/F2: Good looking forward. Too much foot in stirrup. (80)


Atkins, Susan

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Quick at the trot, better at the canter (75)
O/F1: Be more secure (75)
O/F2: More release over jump. Solid leg. Quick to third jump. (65)


latham, Haley

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Colt

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Great hands. Shoulders. Good trot, slow to canter. Need more leg. (75)
O/F1: Leaned to jump 4. Would have been an 80 without jump 4–> no plan. (75)
O/F2: Don’t lean at your jumps! Good plan and use of ring. (70)


Garland, Kristine

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Solid seat!!! Slow trot, nice canter. (85)
O/F1: Sweet horse! No release over fence. (80)
O/F2: Sliding lower leg. RELAX! Nice, straight in lines. (77)


Davis, Samantha

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Hooper

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Good leg. Bouncy hands. Cute horse! Why no canter? (70)
O/F1: Quiet ride. Didn’t panic after jump 4 (80)
O/F2: Really good lower leg. RELAX! Canter was fine! (75)


Gallimore, Jordan

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Little Rhett

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Great hands. Keep leg still. Leaning for leads. Practice sitting more. (85)
O/F1: BIG jump, good staying with him. Crooked in places. Rail at jump 6/ (75)
O/F2: Wake up earlier. Turn more with your leg. Stopped after jump 5 (NS)


Wylie, Brianna

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Lean in at canter. Stiff arm, bend elbows. Really good leg. Collapsed at sitting trot. (80)
O/F1: Sit back in your corners. Balance horse before the jump. Good use of your leg. (80)
O/F2: SIT! Do more in your corners. Release! Swapped before jump 2. (80)


Olney, Rachel

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Cyrus

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Be softer. More secure. (78)
O/F1: Jumper? Angry horse. Need more leg, less hand. Refusals at jump 4, incomplete. (30)
O/F2: –


King, Sharon

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Murphy

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: keep fingers closed (81)
O/F1: Horse knows his job! Release please! Lost canter between 7 and 8. (83)
O/F2: RELEASE! (75)


Stagg, Mandy

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Stiff arm. (85)
O/F1: Lighter seat. Slow down body on landing. ARMS. (74)
O/F2: Up/down washer hands. Necklace. Jump 11? (45)


Fahhoum, Rejina

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Gidget

Lesson Comments:

FARM SHOW JUDGE FEEDBACK
U/S: Keep fingers closed. DRIVE-be more active. (77)
O/F1: Got quick at the end. Use corners better. (70)
O/F2: Make better decisions. If stuck? get out of the way. Swap at fence 6. (60)

Note from Sarah via Jack observation-likes moving up to the jumps with LEG instead of seat. More closed leg with a softer sit would give you an overall softer ride. Take your time!


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had a great lesson today with lots of interactions with our other riders! Several riders were walking out in the field as she got on, and she asked to go join them. Specifically, she said she wanted to go ride in the field and said “because …” she wanted to ride with the other girls. We were able to ride with the other riders for most of the lesson out in the field; she had good interactions with the other riders, not just mimicking them but asking questions. She did a great job leaning backwards to go downhill, but she couldn’t quite get the hang of leaning forward to go uphill. Overall, she rode confidently.


Broniscer, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Jacob did a great job of steering today! We warmed up in the big ring, and he was very self assured and steered without prompting, not just around the outside of the ring, but also turned Moose to walk through some poles. We ended the last half in the little ring, completely off lead. Jacob walked Moose around the ring both ways over a small cross rail and poles. He was able to steer without any kind of physical prompting and only verbal prompting. Very proud of him!


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany had a great lesson on Val. She trotted well in the big ring, then asked to have her lesson in the round pen. I do think she can hear instruction better in the round pen. She was enthusiastic about trotting the cavaletti in the round pen and kept Val going 4 and 5 times around the ring without stopping. We worked on not letting her leg slide forward over the poles but keeping her leg on his belly as he stepped over them. I put the cavaletti up to the midpoint and asked if she wanted to trot over that, but she just wanted to walk over them in her two-point. Overall, she was very enthusiastic and engaged.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lily met both of her short and long term goal today! She rode off lead in the round pen the entire lesson, until the end when we went in the big ring. She trotted with me shadowing her and kept Bunny on the rail of the round pen. With me standing by the fence, she was able to steer Bunny in figure 8’s over three poles in the middle of the round pen with only minimal verbal prompting. She was able to effectively move her left arm to keep Bunny on the rail while trotting twice, but had difficulty keeping her body upright. She needs to continue to work on building her core and balance to be able to effectively control her body and the horse’s body at the trot.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon practiced for the horse show today. First we did a cavaletti course in the little ring, and she did a great job in her corners and getting Moose to the middle of the poles. Then we went to the big ring and practiced the cavaletti with the courtesy circle there. I asked her if she thought a good goal for her for the show would be to make her turns without stopping to use her hands, but to turn while moose was walking, and she thought that was a good idea. We also practiced her trotting in case she wanted to trot in the show. We ended with a relaxing walk.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kenendie had therapy before she came and rode; her legs stretched out pretty quickly today, but she was more tired overall. She held the reins and steered about 25% of the ride but needed to focus on balancing the rest of the ride. We did lots of straight lines, no circles, etc. She said she felt a big difference in how he balanced walking over the poles through the corner.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Noah did great in his first lesson back. He was very active in grooming and tacking. He either remembered what the brushes were supposed to do or took direction very well as to what he needed to do to get Val ready to ride. He had to have a few reminders about steering, such as using one hand to steer and not both. He remembered how to post and stand up out of the saddle. He was a little weak when posting at the halt. His attention span in the ring was short – he was more interested in going for a walk with Val – he told me that was his favorite part of the ride, because “it was quiet and peaceful.”


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Tara had a good first lesson back. After being a little hesitant at the beginning, she became more assertive as the ride progressed. She had to have a few steering reminders (turning with one hand, looking up, not down, etc.). She was able to trot successfully after a few reminders and posted all the way around the round pen at the trot. Her sense of rhythm was good, but she needs some position practice and strength building for her legs. She had a few processing issues where we had to break the task down into its component parts and start at the beginning, and a few unfocused moments. Overall, she was very solid and was able to do more than I anticipated after a few months off!


V, Andres

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Upset

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering without prompting 50% of lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins with verbal prompting for 50% of lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Andres was less interested in grooming this week and then hit his head on the saddle rack. He was not able to calm himself down; we opted to just quickly pt him on Bunny and see if he could calm down enough to ride. As soon as we put him on Bunny, he calmed down! We were able to ride for a full 30 minutes, walking around the ring and up the hill. At the top of the hill, Andres talked about the trees and the grass and noticed when I pointed out some tadpoles swimming in a small puddle. With some coaxing, he was able to hold the reins. I worked on introducing walk on/go and whoa, but initially got no response. At the end of the ride, he trotted several times and told Bunnny to go multiple times. Very pleased!


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas practiced for the show today. He was a bit spaced out/tired (not used to riding in the morning anymore!), but he seemed to enjoy himself. We practiced trying to turn without stopping and doing his two-point without stopping, then pushing himself back up afterwards. He also did several sit-ups with minimal assistance. He did get fatigued relatively quickly, but he seemed very happy with himself. Can’t wait for Saturday.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David had another good lesson. It was a bit colder than the last few weeks, so we were all a bit more subdued. 😉 David continued his good process from last week. He was interactive with the reins, holding them almost the entire ride, and pulling with verbal prompting a few times. WE work on giving him choices, either a choice on which volunteer to turn Bunny to and halt at or what he wanted to do when he had stopped at a volunteer (standing up or walking on). He seemed to really enjoy giving everyone high fives! He was again really good without mom there and participating in what I asked him to do, instead of being concerned the way he was a few months ago. Very proud of him.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant rode Bunny for his lesson. While his confidence in steering has improved on Badger, he has lost some of his assurance in trotting that he had on Bunny. We worked on his sitting trot; he had very good posture in the upper body, although it took almost the entire lesson to bring his lower leg into position. He knows the rhythms of the trot – his main struggle is weakness in his legs and core. We also talked about the differences in Bunny and Badger and why Badger and Bunny were easier to ride in some ways and harder in others. We decided that for the next month or so we would alternate Bunny and Badger to work on the trot with the goal being to practice the trot on Bunny to be able to trot on Badger.

I’m very excited to recieve his IEP and see what I can incorporate into his lessons!


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt had a great lesson! She was enthusiastic about trotting and made some good position corrections when asked. When Val continually tried to slow down by the gate, she made a great effort to keep him trotting all the way last the gate instead of letting him walk. She asked to end the lesson in the round pen and dos a fantastic job of trotting Val over some trot poles. She was able to verbalized to me that when she looked down at the poles, Val stopped trotting, but that when she looked up, she was able to effectively utilize her leg to keep him trottingZ she asked if she could ride in the round pen her next few lessons.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

rode Val in the big ring. Had great concentration, even with other riders in the ring. Appropriate use of crop her whole lesson. Trotted 3+ times around without stopping, both directions. Jumped Val 4 or 5 times down the outside line from trot poles to a small x. Did a great job keeping her leg on and looking up, so Val kept going. Cut her corner the first few times, so I was a cone for her, then stepped away, and she made him go all the way to the rail before turning. Kept her leg on before, during, and after the jump – landed in her heel and was able to make Val keep trotting when he wanted to break to a walk there strides out form the jump – and she knew that that was why she was able to make him keep trotting. Very, very solid lesson.


V, Andres

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Andres rode today!! I was so proud of him. He did a great job brushing Bunny and paid good attention to what he was doing. I had mom lift him up on Bunny, and we just started walking. He had a moment where he looked like he might cry, and then just enjoyed it! We started off holding him in the saddle, but by the end of the ride, he was balancing by himself and scooting towards the middle of the saddle when needed, once unprompted. I can’t to see what else he can do! Next time I plan to introduce reins and steering.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

no hills today, which I think Kennedie was glad about. 😉 she stretched really well and her legs dropped much more quickly than they did last lesson. She steered almost the whole ride and sat up very well while steering, much straighter than in the previous week’s without steering. Looked up without reminders! Can’t wait to start doing more again as she adjusts to riding in the saddle.


Broniscer, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Jacob had a fantastic ride today! He immediately took control of moose, and not only do I not have to help him steer at the beginning of the lesson, but he was deciding where to steer and where to go with minimal or no prompting from me. After I suggested that we steer over trot poles, he steered all by himself to another set of polls. Then he steered back to the first set, and created a circle pattern over both sets of polls. He rode the pattern by himself five or six times. Then he went into the round pen, where he steered over the cavelletti all by himself. I did help him figure out how to steer to the cavelletti on such a small circle ( he kept trying to turn too early, instead of making a wide turn), but he was the one deciding where to go and what to do. So proud of his initiative!


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

either Hannah was much more focused today, or she and Badger and really clicking right now – I think a combination of both! We started in the round pen to warm up, and she took control immediately, steering Badger around the outside of the pen, then taking him over the poles. After a few minutes, she asked to take him to the big ring. She took Badger all the way around the ring, steering by herself, with a plan in mind the whole way (poles, around the whole ring, a jump, etc). She did some very good stretches and had great fun at the trot. As a reward at the end, dad created a really, really big road for her to steer on, and she loved it.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Ari was very hyper and unfocused. Even though she and Bunny have been working well together, it took her the first ten minutes of the lesson to get her brain and her body working together. We talked about how Bunny is like a mirror of our emotions. I stood in the middle of the ring with the live whip to keep bunny trotting, and after a few minutes of just trotting, everything came together and Ari was able to steer without my help. We did the pattern she had ridden the week before and then just addressed the jump by itself. She had a few really good jumps (after we talked about not leaning forward), and then had some refusals. We talked about how she is doing her two point and kicking too late, when she needs to kick first and then do her two point. Her last jump, she fixed it and used her left leg to keep Bunny from running out without leaning.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant was not feeling great today, and went from ok at the start of the lesson to pretty miserable towards the end. We did a few warm up exercises and attempted some circles; he tried to do them but just wasn’t feeling it. We cut the arena part of the lesson short and went on a walk so he could relax and just enjoy being with Badger.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Tara came to watch Shannon, so she was very engaged. She wanted o ride in the big ring first (steered Moose there very emphatically) and wanted to walk over all the jumps. I encouraged her to try and change up her pattern a bit, but she was pretty determined about where she wanted to go. We finished in the little ring over a difficult pole pattern, involving a figure 8 and waking past one pole to get o the one she was supposed to walk over: she did a great job remembering her pattern – I didn not have to remind her which way to turn after the jump or to walk past the pole she needed to walk past.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

It was too wet for the wheelchair today, but Lucas held lead rope in his hand while we walked out to the ring. Lucas say up the entire lesson without putting almost any pressure on Tonia and my’s hands. He steered with lots of confidence and enthusiasm, not waiting for me to tell him to turn. He remembered his two point and didn’t have to review it like last week. Did a great job pushing himself back up after the jumps.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

David remembered his last week of riding and was again much more engaged with his reins. He held them the entire lesson, and pulled to turn twice by himself. Every other time we turned, he attempted to turn – moved the reins around, closed his hands tighter on the reins, etc. not as much standing up today – a bit more distracted by the other riders – but still stood up and loved getting high fives! We went for a walk at the end of the lesson, and he started to want to get off as we walked back to the ring. He listened well, though, and waited to dismount til we were back at the barn.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

It was raining today, so we planned to do a lot more work on the ground than riding. We took a good half hour to brush Oliver and get him ready. Dagmar did a great job! Even though she was a little distracted, she stayed on task brushing (for instance, when the cat came over, she said hi to the cat and then said that the cat was watching her brush, instead of getting completely distracted like she normally does). Aside from me lifting the pads/saddle into place, she did all the tacking up herself. She did a good job steering while we were riding.

At the end, I let her walk 20 ft back to the barn bareback. While we were halted, she laid on Oliver’s neck and petted him, then sat up for us to walk after I asked. As we were almost in the barn, she laid back down again and started to slip to one side; Oliver moved the opposite direction, and as I grabbed Dagmar, Oliver kept moving over so he wouldn’t step on her. She landed on her back in a mud puddle. She was crying and said that Oliver didn’t want her to ride him, but she seemed more concerned about the mud and stopped crying once her clothes were off. We didn’t get back on that day, so will have to be aware of it next time she comes and rides.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant focused much better today! We started in the little ring, and he was focusing, sitting up straight, and participating in the lesson. He had much less confusion than last time; I was able to ask him to do tasks from the center of the ring and he responded. Grandma said that we could use the analogy of a kiddie drink vs an adult drink to help with the spatial issues, which did seem to help his visualization! He was successfully able to circle three obstacles and then do a combination of small and large circles. He also was able to walk over a certain number of poles given (4 poles in the ring, 2 in a little x – he was given numbers smaller and larger than 4). At the end of the ride, we were able to go for a really long walk out in the field, which he loved.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon was not very impressed with Carol and my’s mounting skills (dad is the best)! Moose wasn’t being the most cooperative, so we spent most of the ride on the lead line. We did a bit of work over a new pole pattern, and Shannon learned it quickly.A little bit of trotting, but mainly she want\ted to walk and steer. I did a bit of bribing with the national anthem to encourage her to do the poles.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode Badger in the little ring, to work on doing two jumps (poles) in a row without the distractions of the big ring. It took her a few minutes to get him going, so I gave her a crop. After a short adjustment period, she was able to get him to trot very, very well. The pattern was two poles to a crossrail in a figure 8 shape, and asks the rider to alternate the use of both legs throughout the pattern and to really think about how to approach the pole, since they have to pass a pole to get to the one they trot over. She had a bit of difficulty with the pattern, but learned it fairly quickly. At first, I had to ask her to not do her two-point over the pole and focus on posting to the jump in order to keep Badger steering and moving. Towards the end, she began to put the two elements together well – the question being if that will hold together when we go back to the big ring.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie felt good, and the ground was dry, so we went out in the field and really rode the hills. I tried to approach everything at an angle, so that the inclines weren’t quite so steep. It took her a few minutes to figure out how to balance, but overall she was a trooper. She got a handle on leaning back and forward pretty quickly. We definitely needed the second walker, and she didn’t do much steering, because she was focused on balancing. We will be doing it again when the weather is good!


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Will had another good ride! We started out by going in the field again, and he had very little protest and seemed to enjoy the hill/riding out of the ring more quickly than the last lesson. He did a great job leaning forwards and backwards up and down the hill without prompting, and we were able to stop and talk and watch the other riders a bit. Once in the ring, he steered very, very well. For the first time, he steered completely by himself with no prompting, either verbal or otherwise, while the horse was walking. We started to drift off of the rail into a line of jumps, and before I could correct him, he picked up his right rein and very emphatically turned the horse until we were walking on the rail again. I was very, very happy to see this! Not only was it unprompted, but it showed that he had an idea of either where he wanted to go or where he was supposed to be while walking around the ring.

He has started to be more and more interactive with the horse on the ground after he is done riding. I will put together some pictures/flashcards of the brushes and the order to be brushed to start with so he can practice at home. Our next step is to have him completely untack the horse and then start tacking before he rides.


Ayers, Julia

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Julia did a lot of two-point and posting today. She was having difficulty getting in her heel, so we went all the way around the ring in her two-point and spent several laps alternating two-point and posting on the long and short sides. She took it all with pretty good humor! When we trotted between poles, she started off leaning forward, so we talked about leaning back on her pockets, which immediately improved her position and took away the bounce. She got quite a large trot going! We finished with a little walk and ride in the little ring.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily went off lead again in the big ring on Sophie, with just myself and Haley spotting. She did a great job steering and having a plan. We were able to work more on her leg aids and moving Sophie over with the inside and turning her with her outside. Lots of circles and cavaletti. We ended off lead in the little ring, where she was able to steer very well around Oliver and the girl that was riding him.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David had a great lesson! Mom couldn’t sidewalk, so I wasn’t sure how he would act when he was riding. However, he exceeded my expectations! For the first time he seemed very aware of his reins; he picked them up, shook them, moved them around, etc, and he had what seemed to be a few definite attempts at turns. He stood up in the saddle when asked and held it for multiple seconds and then asked for high fives from the volunteers. He was very interactive and engaged and seemed to be enjoying himself! He didn’t cry or act unnerved at all without mom.


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

We started off by breaking our routine and walking in the field, then went into the ring. For the first time, Sully was able to let mom stay outside the ring and was not nervous or upset while we were riding! Stopping was no problem today, and he used his hand motions for walk on when we did stop. He had to be reminded about using the sign a few times, but he overall he did a great job of telling us when he was ready to walk on. We worked more on steering, and although we didn’t get good pointing, I tried to reinforce direction by asking him to look the way we were going to turn. Overall, the fact that he rode happily and worked well without mom, dad, or aunt side walking was a huge step forward on his part.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Heather did a fantastic job on Micah. Her leg was on and wrapped around him, her heel stayed down, and she didn’t lean forward on the flat. We stayed in the little ring, and she was incredibly solid from step one. Her leg is so much stronger after riding Val, that she wasn’t just putting her heel down, but rather actually using her leg, holding his belly and squeezing every time she sat. When we jumped, she kept her heels down and leg on, and didn’t lean at the jump or collapse on landing – she stayed up and off his back the whole time. She had one jump where she leaned, and he refused, but she quickly fixed it and was able to finish on the figure 8 pattern over the poles and jump.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby wanted to ride with Michaela this week, so we moved back to Badger and worked on trotting and jumping. We started off in the little ring, since it had been several months since Michaela rode. After warming up at the trot, they did the figure 8 pattern over the cross rail with the poles. They struggled to see the pattern, so I had Ella Kate on Sophie come in and demonstrate the pattern and then had Abby and Michaela follow Ella Kate over the pattern one at a time. After that, they took turns leading each other over the pattern. Although I helped Abby out a little bit, she remembered the pattern herself and was a very confident leader! Need to work on using her corners in the little ring when doing a pattern. We ended in the big ring, where Abby trotted around multiple times, and then ended over a cross rail with very good form – heels down, eyes up, and in control of Badger’s speed.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar was running a half hour late today, but then my next lesson ran late as well, so we were able to get more work in. WE tried to get out and about since the weather would be wet next week. She still definitely needs some reminders about leaning forward and back downhill and uphill, but when she did lean forward and back, she was very enthusiastic about it. I had to remind her again that we can only trot when it’s flat, not uphill or downhill. We did trot in the big ring, and she balanced well. She was again enthusiastic about meeting the other riders – it’s such a great opportunity to model appropriate interactions with others.


Ewing, Grant

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Trotting wile posting in the little ring.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

Grant was unfocused in his lesson. We started in the big ring, then moved to the round pen, but he was still watching the other riders and not paying attention to riding or listening to my directions. We moved to the little ring, where even though the distraction was less, he still would not focus unless I was right next to him while he was riding. We went back to the basics and worked on some stretches and exercises at the halt and walk with me next to him to keep and hold his attention. We worked on circles, and talked about the difference of walking over vs around the poles. I attempted to have him demonstrate a big circle vs a small circle, and he really struggled spatially trying to figure out what to do. Despite being unfocused in general, he struggled to tell how big the circle he was making was and also struggled with knowing when and how he should turn when he did realize where the circle needed to be (something he does on his approach to poles when on a circle or not completely straight line). We will continue to work on circle and judging where he needs to turn over the next few weeks to help with being able to approach an obstacle on the appropriate path.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Today Abby ride Val in the small ring to work on her canter. We started off trotting, working on getting Val energized and going at the trot, not letting him be lazy. At first she was really looking down and taking her leg of in her corners, but she was able to make Val go once she started focusing. She was able to get multiple trot/canter transitions. She is staying very balanced – no falling forward or backwards – however is posting when asking him to canter, not looking up when she gets the canter, and not squeezing when he does canter. I think it will take awhile for her to get enough used to the new motion of cantering. While cantering, she is keeping her heel down and her leg on very well. At the end, she was able to successfully canter about 6 strides on the short end of the arena. Once she can look up, it will change her balance in the saddle and make it easier for her to squeeze Val forwards. So proud of her for getting Val to canter off the lunge line!! Once we can canter all the way around the little ring, we will introduce cantering in the big ring. I plan to focus a few more lessons just on cantering, then alternate jumping with cantering.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Will was on Badger for the first time, and he did very well! Badger is a bit quicker and easier to turn than Bunny, so Will inadvertently turned in some circles before he realized he had to stop pulling to go where he wanted. He was very distracted today, mostly seeming because of the high wind. At the end, we went up on the hill again. He did a great job of deciding where to go, even though he wasn’t too sure about the hill at first. He knew exactly where he wanted to go to dismount from Badger when it came to the end of the lesson. I plan to keep introducing new elements every lesson or two.


Broniscer, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Jacob did a fantastic job following directions and steering Moose all by himself. He rode in the big ring to start and steered Moose around the outside of the ring several times, then we did a pole course of 4 sets of poles and 3 changes of directions. The first time through, he let Moose turn too close to the gate and got stuck in the corner. The second and third time, he self corrected and cut his corner to the last set of poles so that Moose didn’t go to the gate. In the round pen, he walked 3/4 of the way around completely by himself before he started getting turned around. Mom walked around the edges of the ring again, which helped a lot. After that, he walked around the round pen by himself.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon was very determined to be in charge of Moose and did a great job of telling him where to go. She want interested in trotting or standing, and only begrudgingly did the cloverleaf pattern when I asked. She was really happy to just steer around the outside of the ring for the most part, and very clear that that was what she wanted to do. Overall, she was assertive and clear in her directions, even though we didn’t do what I had planned. Shannon had her own ideas, which was great!


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Oliver likes Hannah and listens well to her. However, after the great steering success of her last lesson, Hannah was berg unfocused and playful today. We started in the little ring, hoping that she would do some good steering in it, but Oliver decided to eat some grass on the edges. After telling him no and pulling his head up once, she decided to not pull his head up and kept telling him “eat!” We moved to the round pen and the big ring, where she finally started steering. At the end, dad made her a new road, which got her the most motivated and interested in steering.


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Jumping a 4 xrail course.

Short Term Goal:

Successfully jumping a xrail line, with proper two-point and posting in the middle.

Lesson Comments:

Ari did great today! She was on Micah and figured him out pretty quickly – she has very strong legs! We worked on feeling when he was going to slow down and then using her legs and crop to get him to continue trotting instead of waiting til he had walked before making him trot again. Once we talked about how she needed to do that, she remembered how we had worked on that on Badger and made Micah listen very well. When we did the cross rail, she forgot her heels down the first few times but then had great leg position after a reminder. We attempted to do a small line, and she did get over both jumps, but Micah kept refusing the second – as Ari approached the second jump, she would stop posting too early and get in in her two-point while looking down, which meant Micah didn’t feel confident and refused. I had another rider demonstrate posting down the line, but Ari couldn’t quite make herself do it – we will need to work on coordination and planning down the line – once we added in the second element, she couldn’t separate the two in her planning and ride them successfully as she has been doing one jump. I told her that jumping two in a line would be her next goal!


Hearn, Charlotte

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering with no prompting. Correct posture at the walk/trot and building up her muscles so she can post at the trot.

Lesson Comments:

Charlie was very excited about riding and fun to work with! She asked age appropriate, engaged questions about the riding process and followed directions very well. On the ground, she will have to work to not get too enthusiastic and wait for instructions before jumping to what she thinks the task will be. We talked about waiting til I had finished talking before starting to follow the directions, and she tried very hard to not jump the gun. She handled the brushing and tacking well (did the buckles easily, brushed in circles and straight lines when I asked, demonstrated crossing her midline, etc.). She was a bit nervous when she first sat on the horse, but overcame that quickly. While riding, she struggled the most with the coordination aspects- for instance, instead of using just her right hand to turn right, her left hand came along when she tried to use the right. Our first order of business with steering will be to get her steering confidently and correctly with minimal prompting from me. She loved to trot! She was a bit weak when trying to post (rising up above the saddle and then sitting back in it), and we will probably need to do a lot of work at the halt and walk to build up her core strength before she will have the control to post at the trot. She was very interested in watching the other riders ride and was able to mimic what they were doing very well; if Charlie finds it easier to learn by watching, I will try to incorporate peer riders when learning new skills, etc. She had very good interactions with other riders, introducing herself and her horse with a little prompting.

Overall, I’m vey excited to work with Charlie and look forward to seeing her again. I think that if she enjoys riding horses, she will do great.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas had a fantastic day! I want to keep having him lead Badger to the ring as long as time permits so he can keep wiring on his steering and control. Aside from a few times going towards the horse, he was great. He also rode 100% by himself today and did a great job of holding onto the reins and steering the entire ride. We went over the things he may do in the horse show (poles, circles, halts, courtesy circle, etc.). He did a few sit-ups without pulling on our hands at all. Overall, he was confident, engaged and very happy.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode Sophie by herself in the big ring! I had two sidewalkers for support, but no leader, and she did fantastic. We did a pattern over the cavaletti and some poles, and she had great control, nailing the middle of the pole each time. Her balance was good. Sophie did have a small spook at the end of the ring (5 deer in the woods), but Emily held onto her neck, and Haley stopped Sophie. Reminder that Sophie does need closer watching at the end of the ring. Overall, it was a great ride, and it was great to see Emily so independent and confident on Sophie.


Cumming, Lilly

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

LIlly had a good lesson on Badger again. She steered him very well in the little ring (we talked about letting Badger have his own way vs. Lilly being in charge), but she wanted to go for a walk and ride in the big ring – I told her she could, as long as she steered Badger, which she did. She did a great job posting and doing her two-point over the jumps. Mom said her hamstrings have been tight, so I asked for stretched from her PT and will try to find some stretches we can do this week. It might be a good week to go back to the bareback pad next week.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had some great interactions with other riders today; the first part of our ride was spend taking about Sarah riding Ray in the ring and modeling how Dagmar should politely ask to meet Ray and identifying when Sarah was busy vs. ready to talk. After she satisfied her need to meet Arayla, she did a great job making choices about where to go in the ring and what to do. We ended up out in the pasture on the hill and were able to talk about looking at everything and watching the people in the ring. When we went back to the ring, she asked to go in the round pen, and then asked to ride without the saddle. Of course, I said yes!! She became very, very sensory seeking without the saddle, laying over Badger’s back, petting him, etc. Considering that she never would ride without the saddle, the fact that she asked and then rode bareback and loved it is a huge milestone for Dagmar! Her mom and I were both very excited.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

After a short warm up in the little ring, I let Heather go in the big ring. Her leg and heel have improved so much from riding in the little ring!! Every time she sits in the post, she is now closing her leg unconsciously, and has much better balance – she didn’t fall forward once – and, using her crop appropriately, kept Val trotting multiple times around the ring without stopping, looking down, falling forward, getting on there toe, etc. I was so proud of her!! She cantered on the lunge well, but still working on that heel, even though her looking up was great. Poppy was able to reinforce that she can’t canter off the lunge until she keeps her heel down.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt was in an ok mood today. She trotted well a few times around the ring, but she didn’t want to do much more than that. Her leg was also out of position, and she couldn’t quite keep her heel down and her leg on, even when she was trying to do it. We ended with some walking over the cavaletti to finish.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie was very tight today in the saddle – it took longer for her legs to relax and longer to get situated in the beginning. She was able to steer more than last lesson, and we utilized a lot of circles to try and stretch her hips out. At the end of the ride, we went out on the grass by the roundpen to experiment with some hilly areas, which she did really well. I would love to have riding out in the field up and down the steeper hills be a goal for her.


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sully had another good lesson. WE were able to stop today without counting down to go again! He was much more active in deciding what to do and when. I definitely want to keep encouraging his speaking (he made a “w” sounds to ask bunny to walk on at the start of the ride), but he does seem more comfortable with the walk on sign, which he offered once or twice without prompting and multiple times with prompting. He wasn’t as sure about steering today, however – we didn’t really get the clear pointing that we did last time; even though he seemed to know where he wanted to go, he wasn’t able to communicate that every time. We were able to ride out on the hills some, which he seemed to enjoy. He did not want to dismount again at the end of the ride, but he was able to show dad where he needed to put his helmet up when he was done riding. Overall, I was very encouraged by his want to participate!


Cumming, Lilly

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

I love Lilly’s new braces! Her heel easily stretched down when we were standing in the stirrups as long as her knee stayed slightly bent. We spent most of the lesson in the little ring, working on planning and steering. While her steering confidence and motivation has grown leaps and bounds, now that she can steer by herself, she isn’t quite sure exactly how to plan to do that. For instance, she wants to go to the other end of the ring, but she can’t identify when Badger’s head starts to turn away from her goal, or she accidentally pulls on the other rein. We need to keep working on identifying what is happening with her body and Badger’s body and then how that affects where she wants to go; also, having a plan before she starts. Overall, it was the most confident I’ve seen her on the horse, minus a little frustration when Badger wanted to come back to me.


Harle, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was very happy to be back on Ollie and very interested in watching everything and everyone! His allergies were acting up a bit, and we think maybe just because he hasn’t been out to the barn as much recently. We did have to have some steering reminders, but I think that was less about forgetting how to steer and more about just being very giddy with a bit of sensory overload. He loved watching the dump truck dump concrete in the ditch! He thought that was great. He remembered his two-point well over the jumps and steered well when he was thinking about it, but had to have lots of reminders to hold the reins.


Peatross, Carter

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Carter was very excited to ride! He got right on Badger and picked up the reins. We had to have a few reminders about being gentle and steering with one hand, not both – he needs to ride in the halter with reins next time and not the bit, until he is coming regularly and remembers how to turn without pulling on hard on Badger’s mouth. He wanted to be in the big ring, and it took the first half of the ride before he settled down enough to listne to directions – he wasn’t being difficult, he was just so excited he wanted to go everywhere and do everything at once! During the second half of hte lesson, he was better able to follow direction and we were able to talk about and practice gentle steering as well as body position (heels down, sitting up straight, looking where you want to go, etc). He was very excitd about untacking Badger after the lesson and got his tack off very quickly! Carter’s main thing to work on will just be slowing down enough that he can process what he needs to do. He was very fun to work with, and I love his enthusiam!


Ayers, Julia

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Julia used her leg very well to make Val go today. We did a lot of strength exercises (all the way around the ring in two-point, all the way around posting, etc), which she handled admirably. We ended with a pole exercise working on straightness over and after trot poles and then being told which way to turn to the cavaletti at the last second, so she didn’t know which way she would go. Her trot was very good – the first few were a bit bumpy, but we talked about where her leg and heel and body needed to be and gluing her seat to the saddle, after which she was able to do a fairly speedy sit trot without bouncing at all.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby cantered for the first time!! I had her hold front and back of the saddle on the lunge, so she could feel the canter. She was great the first few times, then started overthinking it (trying to post, etc), so we took a break to regroup. After coming back, she was much more organized and we were able to canter all the way around the circle twice. We transferred to one hand on the front of the saddle and one hand on the reins, then were able to have both hands on the reins/martningale and stay balanced for our last canter. She was fantsatic! Next time, I plan to ride in the little ring and she if she can get Val to canter by herself.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Today was a back to basics/body awareness day for Ari on Bunny. We were in the round pen, so that she could drop her reins. While trotting, I had her do many balancing exercises in quick succession, to work on her leg stability and balance, to help with the canter. For the majority of the lesson, she was able to keep her leg very solid and her heel down while her upper body was changing positions. We also worked on getting her leg under and squeezing Bunny at the sit trot, to prep for being able to do her own canter transitions off the lunge. I would like next week to be a jumping week, then come back to lunge work at the canter her next lesson.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sophie and Emily were great, as usual. We started with our cloverleaf pattern, then moved to figure 8’s. Emily really had to use her outside leg and hand by the gate. It was difficult for her keep her circles even, so it was a very good challenge. Sophie and Emily are working together so much better now, I’d like to go back to the big ring now that Emily has very good control in the little ring – the last time we were in the big ring, while Sophie was good, Emily found steering, etc a little difficult.


Moore, Barbra

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

A good ride for Barbara today! She was very steady and strong, and rode the whole lesson without fatigue. We did a pole course and experimented with riding on a little bit of a slope at the end of the ride – we went out in the field and went at an angle up the hill a little bit, which she handled great. We talked about trying to have an actual trail in the future. 🙂 I think that next time, I would like to go out of the ring first, when she is less tired and then finish in the ring.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather was very unfocused today. She couldn’t quite seem to get everything together. WE had to stop and regroup several times so that she could get organized. Ove rthe past few weeks, she has been able to self regulate how she communicates with the horse when she got frustrated, but today she was just scattered. She knew that she wasn’t riding as well as she had been, and that made her more frustrated – she knew she should be able to canter the whole ring instead of just a few steps or struggling to get an upwards transition. After a talk towards the end of the lesson, she was able to control her body and successfully canter the long side of the ring, so we ended there.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Tara brought Shannon today, and Shannon was thrilled to be showing off for Tara. She did her cloverleaf pattern and trot in the little ring, then we went to the big ring to do some poles and jumps (and let Tara ride after). Shannon didn’t want to get off to let Tara ride! She would take Moose to Tara, we would ask her if she was all done, and then she would turn back to our pole pattern. She was very confident and in charge, and it was fun to see.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar’s dad brought her in the afternoon, and we took advantage of the weather and dry ground to have a play day outside of the ring. WE went up and down all the hills, back in the woods, in the hay field, etc. Dagmar had a blast telling Bunny where to go and did a great job of communicating. We were also able to work on “first this, then that” – Dagmar kept wanting to trot on the hills but was able accept the fact that we could only trot on flat ground. She leaned forwards going uphill and backwards going downhill without prompting. We did look for a panther in the woods but didn’t find one. 😉 She did tell Bunny that god didn’t want her to eat the grass, which was very humorous (she was referencing the story of the apples in the garden of eden), and pulled Bunny’s head up from the grass multiple times.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant was very unfocused in his lesson. We ended up moving from the big ring to the round pen to the little ring so that there were less distractions. Even in the little ring, he wasn’t able to focus enough to walk around by himself, so we went back to the basics, doing stretching, touching different parts of the horse, and working on position with me right next to him. He ended with a little more focus than he started, but he wasn’t able to be fully independent by the end of the lesson. Hopefully, next week will be better with his attention span!


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany was very motivated today! She wanted to trot a lot and had good leg and heel control. WE did a few trot poles, but Brittany really wanted to trot around the ring. She did a great job getting Val through the two corners where he usually stops and had a good speed the entire time. To end, we worked on her two-point over a few cavaletti at the walk.


Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independently riding a full half hour in the little ring.

Short Term Goal:

Riding off lead 1/2 lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Today Jacob met both of his short term goals and a long term goal. Everything seemed to click. He rode off lead the entire lesson in the big ring. I gave him suggestions on where to go or (verbally) helped him correct Moose’s track if Moose started drifting, and Jacob didn’t notice for multiple strides, but overall Jacob told Moose where to go and got him there. He kept Moose on the rail, away from me, except one time when he brought Moose behind me to change the side he was walking on. He also stopped Moose very confidently three times with just a verbal prompt. When we went in the round pen to trot, Jacob not only sat up and was balanced, but he also steered Moose to the rail while he was trotting! Huge leap forward for Jacob today, and he and Moose both really seemed to enjoy themselves.


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the canter independently in the small ring.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining her balance and position (upper body, leg, heel) two circles on the lunge at the canter, with only on hand on the saddle.

Lesson Comments:

Ari had a fantastic lesson today! She has met her current long and short term goals, and successfully cantered on the lunge line! She was thrilled and loved it. We talked a lot about balance. Currently, she was balanced and holding properly with both legs when holding onto the saddle with both hands (pommel and cantle) but struggled more when only holding on with her inside hand to the pommel (leaning back, legs slipping forward). Our next short term goal (pertaining to cantering) will be to maintain position at the canter two circles on the lunge, with only one hand holding the saddle, and then progress from their to a long term goal of cantering off the lunge line in the big ring. I was very excited to see Ari’s progress!


mangiante, Will

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Independent steering 50% of ride. Building up core strength to post rhythmically at the walk without holding onto the saddle.

Lesson Comments:

Will had a great ride today! We worked on breaking up the routine, and went for a walk around before we went in the big ring, with will initiated some of where we went. I was very proud of him for listening and letting us change up the routine. He seemed to really like going up and down the hills and getting out of the ring from a sensory standpoint – as long as the weather holds and the ground is dry, I would like to get him out of the ring as much as possible. In the ring, he was very assertive – I did not have to tell him to turn, or pull, or which direction to go – I just asked him where he wanted to go if he was stopped in a corner, and he did the rest. I did give him choices several times about turning or going straight when we were on the rail, to encourage him in realizing that he could take another path of he wanted to. He did a great job of using his words or hand to steer when he wanted to go somewhere or tell us something instead of starting a meltdown. Overall a very solid day, and I think he enjoyed himself!


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Dagmr was thrilled today, because she got to go ride out on the mountain/in the woods. We practiced leaning backwards going downhill and leaning forwards going up. She was very talkative but not incredibly proactive steering. The best moment was at the end when we were untacking – she wanted to go see the cat, and I told her we had to tack the saddle of first, and she said “first the saddle, then the cat!” Without any prompting and did it! So thrilled.


Cumming, Lilly

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Lilly rode Oliver for the first time in awhile. We got to compare how bumpy each horse’s trot was (Oliver’s was the bumpiest!). She did a great job steering, etc, but she didn’t get to do as much off lead as on Badger – Oliver will be a goal pony! She did know what she wanted to do and how she wanted to get there. Lots of posting and standing at the halt and walk, building up those muscles.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant focused very well for most of his lesson today. He and Grandma talked on the car on his way to the barn about sitting up straight, and I think it helped, because I did not have to remind him to sit up at all. We worked on his leg on the lunge line, keeping his heel down and squeezing Badger’s belly, at the walk while posting and while sitting at the trot. His trotting was much more balanced this week. We also went over stopping badger when he trots without Grant telling him to (he should only trot if he’s told) and when walking by himself, Grabt felt Badger start to go faster twice and corrected him very firmly and quickly without me saying a word. His reaction times are improving!


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather was very unfocused today. We did canter, but it wasn’t as together and smooth as it was last week – she kept looking down. We may need to do the lesson next week in the big ring and focus on trotting and jumping and take a week off from cantering. However, if her focus is good, she may do much better.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

After a few more intense lessons in the little arena, we went back into the big arena. Ari had great concentration and good coordination. Steered very well, watched out for other riders, and didn’t let Badger stop. We ended by jumping several times. Very solid lesson!


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Will focused incredibly well the first half of the lesson. He told me everything he wanted to do, steered bunny where he wanted to go, posted, told her to trot, etc. we lost the focus a bit in the second half. When dismounting, we tried to walk around the barn for a “walk,” and he became very agitated. I think eventually we figured out he was saying he wanted to dismount at the ramp with bunny – he seemed to calm down with that. It did show that he still hasn’t quite realized that he can steer bunny – if he wants her to do something and is getting frustrated with speaking, he can tell bunny himself using his body. We will get there! I do plan to start breaking up his routine more – going for more walks, etc outside the ring.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

I introduced the clover leaf pattern to Shannon, and she really enjoyed it. Picked up on it very quickly and kept coming back to it after we trotted. Did not want to go to the big ring and jump, wanted to stay in the little ring and do her pattern. Very good riding.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

HAnnah’s lesson was fantastic. Everything seemed to come together. After being very assertive after mounting, we did our usual walking, steering, etc in the round pen, then Hannah told me she wanted to go in the big ring. In the big ring, she told me to take off the lead rope, and she steered Badger all the way around the ring, both directions, on the rail without any physical help from me. Aside from a few specific reminders (pull your right rein, etc) when I saw Badger about to veer off the track and she had not felt it after a few steps, she knew where she wanted to go and got him there all by herself. It was absolutely wonderful to watch!


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sully remembered what we did last week! For the first time, he didn’t cry when we stopped the horse. He even offered counting on his fingers once as well as holding up his hand to say stop. Huge step forward! Now that he realizes we can stop and will walk again and that he can tell the horse to walk again, hopefully some of the frustration will go away. He showed aunt Jessi where the tack room was for his helmet all by himself. We also introduced pointing for steering today – for Sully to indicate which way he wants Bunny to go. When we have reliably conquered pointing, we will start adding in looking and pulling on the reins again. Right now, I am looking for comfort level and communication, however that communication comes across. As he becomes more comfortable, we will start refining that for the horse. Since the day was quiet, I decided it was the day to change up the routine a bit; we walked around the driveway and around the barn. I think at first he thought we were going to get off and began crying, but then he realized we were just going somewhere else and weren’t done. Overall, a very good lesson.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Abby had one of the best lessons she ever had! She got on the horse and every body part was working together, she was thinking and processing, and they were working together wonderfully. I didn’t have to remind her about her heels, leaning forward, or looking up. Her form was fantastic. At the end, she went straight for a little crossrail with no hesitation and jumped it like she was born to it. So proud of her!


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie was very tight since it had been a few week since she rode. However, she was still able to ride in the saddle and her legs had dropped considerably by the end of the lesson. We mostly focused on stretching today and less steering – most of Kennedie’s focus was taken up by stretching and relaxing. However, her legs relaxed a lot at the end of the lesson – the left one was almost straight down.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David was a little unfocused today (mom said his tummy was hurting him), but had a few very good moments, including one turn where he pulled the rein to turn right with only a verbal prompt. He was very interested in the other riders again. He continues to do well and gain balance posting, standing, etc.; I would like him to get very solid in standing/two-point while the horse does halt/walk transitions over the next month.


Ayers, Julia

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Julia rode very well today! Her two-point and posting were very good – her leg was on and her heel was down. Very balanced at the trot as well. We went on a walk to end the lesson, and she handled the hills and uneven ground with good balance.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily continues to do well in the stirrups; the amount her heel stretches varies. We are also holding the left rein in a driving rein, which seems to help her get a better grip. I introduced the cloverleaf pattern, and although it took a few tries (she wanted to alternate directions on her circles), she finished very strongly.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina rode very well! The reinforcement about looking up over her jumps has been working well, because today over each jump she was telling herself to look up and doing it! She also remembered her two-point over each pole. She created her own course today of several poles/jumps. WE also did a lot of corestrengthening exercises, holding her two-ppoint for a count of 50 in addition to the regular stretches.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar rode Badger well. We had some negotiation over what to do and where to go. It was dryer, so she was happy to get out of the ring a bit. She steered well in the ring, over some jumps and trotted a bit. At the end, after we went on a walk, she told me she wanted to ride in the little ring behind the barn. Did a good job helping to untack but ran under the crossties and ran under Red. Need to tack up on dry side or outside without other horses – we did have a stern talk.


Cumming, Lilly

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lilly did a fantastic job steering today! While I walked next to her in the big ring, she did it all herself, and in the round pen I did not help her steer at all! A first, and time for a new goal. Badger also accidentally trotted to me in the round pen, and she did a great job balancing and holding on.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather and Val warmed up in the big ring, and she did a great job trotting him around several times without stopping. We went back to the little ring to work on cantering – I want a more stable position before we attempt it in the big ring. Her canter went well, sitting up with her heel not down, but also not back.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant was happy to be riding badger again. We worked on approaching poles on a straight line again, from a further distance and without me being so close to direct him. He still has trouble keeping the reins a consistent length, but when I point that out to him, he easily shortens them. Grant was not very balanced when we started trotting and was a little upset about that. We had a talk about how trotting was easier on Bunny, because she was slower and smoother, but harder on Badger, because he’s faster and bumpier, and that if Grant is going to work on trotting by himself on Badger, he has to try a lot harder keeping his heels down, sitting up straight, legs squeezing, etc. the last two times he trotted, he tried very hard to have the correct posture! I plan to split our Badger lessons between steering in the big ring and working on trotting on the luge or in the round pen.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt wasn’t feeling too great today, so we just walked in the lesson. She practiced keeping her lower leg on in her two point and not tilting too far forward with her shoulders.


Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independently riding a full half hour in the little ring.

Short Term Goal:

Turning unprompted 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

We started in the big ring, but both Moose and Jacob wanted to trot, so we headed to the round pen. I asked Jacob if he wanted to trot or steer by himself, and he picked trotting. While we need to work on sitting up and steering more at the trot, he was very balanced. After several trots, when I asked Jacob what he wanted to do, he said “steer.” So I took the lead rope off and walked around with him, with him doing all the steering. I attempted to migrate to the middle of the pen and have Jacob walk around without me, but he kept pulling back to the middle; however, when mom walked around the outside in both directions, he followed her and corrected Moose whenever he came off the rail. I can’t wait to continue to encourage his independence/steering planning without prompting in the round pen and work our way up to the bigger rings.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Ari worked on feeling when Badger was slowing down and encouraging him to go before he walked. She said that she can’t feel him slowing down until he has already broken gait, so we came up with a plan (squeeze, then kick) that she could use when I told her he was slowing down. Hopefully, as I start to identify his speed, she can start recognizing it herself. At the end, we weaved the poles again, and her improvement over last week was phenomenal! Although she occasionally missed the first or last turn, she looked up, used her legs, and kept Badger very close to the poles. Great job!


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather cantered all the way around the ring, multiple times!!! Still need to work on heel down, but there were several times where she kept it even with her toe, and overall her leg position was much improved (forward on the girth). Continue working on the canter and introduce left lead next week. Her transitions were very smooth, bc she knew she had to sit up and look up, with appropriate progression of squeeze, kick, crop and no excessive kicking/crop use/pulling on Val’s mouth – the fact that she did not get incredibly excited and forget how we needed to do things when doing a high adrenaline activity is huge!


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon did great steering in the little ring, clearly telling me when she wanted to trot or weave the poles. We ended in the big ring to jump, and I missed a turn cue informally, and she told me that I missed it! While I helped her out a bit by letting her know which poles/jumps she could do, she was really the one deciding where to go and what to do next. Super job.


Athow, Hannah

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted through patterns 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

I made Hannah a road in the round pen, and she did a fantastic job steering Bunny on it, not letting her deviate. She also for trotted Bunny all the way around the round pen by herself! Her balance as great the entire time. As a fun way to end, Dad made her a big road in the big ring, and she took Bunny on it. Bunny is notoriously difficult to steer in the big ring, but I was able to walk 4-6 ft away from Hannah and she was able to stay in complete control of Bunny and make Hunny listen to her and not me. Super job! At the end, we walked up the hill and through the grassy area, which Hannah loved.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David seemed very happy in his his lesson! We worked on posting, and he did quite a few after watching the big kids. He also practiced standing up, and I introduced balancing while standing up through downward and upward halt/walk/halt transitions. The first time took him by surprise, but he got the picture pretty quickly. We were able to work again on our walk/halt transitions, letting David pick a number to count to before we halted (by choosing a hand holding up fingers). He is helping halt and turn the littlest bit when prompted – we just need to keep encouraging it.


Smith, Sullivan

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa unprompted.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins independently 50% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa with prompting 25% of ride. Confidence and comfort.

Lesson Comments:

Sully’s dad sidewalked with us today, and Sully did very well! We rode in the saddle for the first time, and he was a little unsure at first, then didn’t seem to notice much. He was a little unhappy the first few times we stopped, but when we transferred from the round pen to the big ring, I explained that we were stoping to unlatch the gate and then we would walk on, and he seemed to understand – he didn’t get agitated. Dad said that he has been saying “again” at home, so I asked him to say “again” to make Bunny walk on, and said that we would say “whoa,” count to two, say “again,” and he could make Bunny walk on all by himself. It took a few times for practice and then making him say it, but after he realized he could say “again,” and Bunny would walk on, we, for the most part, patiently waited while we counted and then said again. So proud of Sully today!! He also was continuing to tighten the fingers on the reins of the direction we were turning and had a few times where he pulled a tiny bit when turning. Overall, Sully worked very hard today and showed some encouraging progress. Also brushed after we rode and showed dad where tack room for helmets was.


Ayers, Julia

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent balance through the whole lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Coordination at two-point at walk – not leaning forward.

Lesson Comments:

Julia did very well. We did lots of posting a two-point and introduced the pole weaving exercise. It took her a few times through to really use her leg and push Val through instead of pulling him and swinging wide through each turn. She was very consistent and balanced. Only showed a lot of spasticity at the end when we were stretching, crossing over, etc.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was great today! We worked with his flash cards and then let Badger hold them while we were riding. His steering was very clear and good – he knew where he wanted to go! He is getting much stronger – he only started leaning heavily in the last few minutes of the ride, but was otherwise sitting up and not using his hands to balance on the bareback pad very much. He also laid down while we walked almost all the way around the arena. We did sit-ups, and he managed to pull himself up while walking.


Moore, Barbra

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Barbara was great! We rode for about 35 minutes. Occasionally got a bit off balance through the hips, but stayed very balanced through the upper body. We rode in the little ring and worked on weaving the poles, using weight and reins to push around the poles instead of turning around the poles, then walked around the farm and did a few gentle hills. Overall, very solid for a first ride back!


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar was very focused during her lesson today. Piper was riding Lilly while Dagmar was riding, and they had some good interactions. They spoke with each other, and we were able to follow Piper while she trotted all the way around the ring. Dagmar had great balance and did not hold onto the saddle at all. She spoke primarily in sentences, and as we were walking back to the barn, remembered that she had left her jacket at the ring. At the end of the lesson, with verbal prompting, she rolled her stirrups, unbuckled the girth and reins and hung them up and removed the saddle and carried it almost all the way to the tack room.


Cumming, Lilly

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lily walked all the way around the little ring by herself!! Although her coordination was a bit off at times, she walked badger around the ring several times, steering him to the rail and kicking to keep him going! She got a bit frustrated once when she tried to turn, and it didn’t work, so we aborted a tantrum and were able to talk about sliding and pulling to shorten the reins. She wanted to end on the big ring, and she steered very well by herself over a course of xrails and cavaletti. She dos a great job grooming and racking up Badger before the lesson.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode off lead the entire lesson with Sophie and also used the stirrups very well. She was able to stretch her left heel a bit by the end, so we need to keep working on that. We worked on leg yielding around the poles, and she had Sophie listening very well.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina worked very hard in her lesson! We did a lot of posting, while holding the reins, arms like an airplane, hands on her head, etc to encourage her to really use her leg and core muscles for balance. I also reintroduced her two-point, and she spent a lot of time out of the saddle. Over the poles/jumps, she is leaning too far forward and looking down a lot, so I would like to keep on working on that. Her steering was fantastic- at the end, I just had the lead rope very lightly, and she was the one telling Oliver where to go. Great job!


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Correct trot/canter transition, holding the canter with proper equitation (look up, sit up, heels down) for 6 strides.

Lesson Comments:

Heather was listening well again in her lesson! She got a bit snatchy with Val’s mouth, but she corrected herself when asked. After a good warm up, we had 6 or 7 canter transitions, and one good canter of 5 or 6 strides. Heather is able to identify when she isn’t looking up/sitting up for the transition and when she leans/lets her heels come up as she is cantering, so I am very confident that with practice, we will just get better and better!


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt did not want to trot today, but otherwise worked very hard! We did a lot of posting and two point at the walk, and she had great flex ion through her heels and good contact with her lower leg – we talked about doing that all the time, not just when we are working specifically on it, because it is something she knows how to do and is good at! We also worked on creating a good quality walk and not letting Val go super slow even though he was just walking. He started trotting all by himself to go over a cavaletti, which we both laughed at.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant rode in the big ring today, partly with other riders and partly by himself, which offered us good opportunities for focusing. He listened pretty well, even with other riders in the ring, and mainly needed to be refocused with distractions outside the ring (dogs, etc). We worked on how to get to the center of a set of poles when they were set o the diagonal or a curve, and he had to turn to them. After I demonstrated why/how to do it, and we talked about it, he successfully turned to the poles.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Today, in addition to continuing our trot work, I introduced weaving through obstacles (poles) to Ari. Weaving poles well takes not only a lot of coordination between eye, hand, body and leg, requiring the rider to switch rapidly between bends and steer with opposite sides of the body it also really requires the rider to take the long view and plan their path through the obstacles. Ari successfully navigated then at the walk importers them at the trot about 50% of the ride – it is easy to look down or not plan and turn too wide around the posts and miss a turn or two. She said she enjoyed it though, so with practice in planning and timing, I am confident we will quickly learn how to weave as we come back to the skill.


Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Moose
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independently riding a full half hour in the little ring.

Short Term Goal:

Riding off lead 1/2 lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was very happy to be back! He retained most of his skills over the break, remembering how to brush, tack/untack, where the tack room was, etc. he did a fantastic job steering in the ring, listening well to instruction, but also taking good initiative and planning where to go (over a jump, around a turn, to mom, etc). He was very happy to say hi to other riders! We stayed on lead in the big ring for most of the ride, while I made sure he remembered what he was doing, but he was able to go off lead for the end of the lesson. Overall, a very solid start back, can’t wait to see him again!


Mangiante, Mikey

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Mikey had a great first lesson! Very excited to be on the horse. Listened to directions well. He held onto the reins with no problem and was very verbal with the horse, telling her what to do – when asked what he wanted to do, he came up with a plan easily. Transferring his verbal direction to hand control (using his hand to turn, pulling back to whoa) will be the first thing we start working on, while introducing independent turning with little or no prompting.


mangiante, Will

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Independent steering 50% of ride. Building up core strength to post rhythmically at the walk without holding onto the saddle.

Lesson Comments:

Will was so happy about having Mikey at the barn!! He focused pretty well despite his excitement and was good about doing what I asked him to do. Still working on trying to give him an open ended choice (which way to turn?) instead of asking him if he’d like to turn left or right when we need to turn. He is picking his own direction occasionally, which is great! Have not been able to get him to turn when asking a completely open question (what would you like To do now? When stopped and needing to turn) or when not prompting at all. I plan to keep starting with the open ended prompt and then back tracking as necessary until he is able to process and ask Bunny to turn, and hopefully we will be able to prompt less and less.


chisholm, david

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa when prompted 25% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

David – David was a little distracted today. His steering/stopping wasn’t as engaged as it has been. However, he did a lot of standing up and posting. He was able to stand up for ten seconds without sitting down, as well as posting at the walk and standing up at the walk. His heels stayed down, and he stayed relatively balanced, with his shoulders over his hips. Occasionally, he did overbalance in front of the pommel, with his hips coming out in from of his shoulders. In general, he stayed balanced. He also stayed very upright at the trot, with no leaning over. A few vocalizations matched my tone in pitch when saying “whoa.”


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was very engaged today! He was talking a lot and doing a great job communicating, shaking his head “no” and very firmly using the sign for “yes.” Lots of giggles! He steered from step one and steered Badger (neck rein) all by himself with both hands for the first time! He had very good trunk control as well as gross motor control while steering. Very balanced when walking by himself. Lots of sit ups at the end of the ride and very much enjoying laying down on Badger while Badger walked.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had great communication skills today! All sentences and very good unprompted questions (can you open the gate please? My hands are cold, I need gloves. Etc) steering wasn’t great, mostly because she wanted to keep her hands in her sleeves. She is accepting the strictures of mud very well (we can’t go in the field). Good job undoing girth and putting up lads and helmet when done riding.


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

A successful trot/canter transition.

Lesson Comments:

Rode in the little ring again to work on cantering. Warmed up as normal, trotting with lots of switching between sitting, posting, and two-point. Talked again about the canter, made sure to have reins looser. After three or four tries, she got three steps of the canter. The next time she tried, she got the full side of the ring at the canter! Good balance through the seat, but her leg came back very far with her heels up and toes down. She was very surprised and ecstatic! I was very, very proud of her. The key for her is looking up and loose reins – not balancing on the reins and not looking down or leaning forward.


Harle, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

A bit out of sorts once he got to the barn, but a few minutes alone allowed him to decide to ride. Very good attitude once he was on the horse. He watched Shanna and Stephanie post at the walk and did a lot of posts at the walk! Again, he did not want to post when introduced to it, but he was very confident when he saw the other riders. Would love to find a time for Piper to ride with him again.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Rode Badger for the first time today. Did a fantastic job steering. Really took control and told him what to do without me helping her. Trotted very well in the bareback pad, balanced and secure. Held the handle. Planned ahead very well. Taught Merida how to ride! Note to use Badger again. Lily has really matured over h last month.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Rode Sophie. Worked on serpentine again. Good control and planning. Used stirrups and kept leg in place without pushing foot forward. Will be using stirrups again on Sophie – it was able to help with balance but stay relaxed.


Smith, Sullivan

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Happy, Stressed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa unprompted.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins independently 50% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa with prompting 25% of ride. Confidence and comfort.

Lesson Comments:

A bit off. Wanted to ride, did not want to stop and halt at all. Held the reins and my hand the entire ride. Wanted to ride in round pen, not big ring. Could only tell us with agitation where he did not want to go – need to work on positive responses. Did not like halting, wanted to continue walking the entire lesson. Towards end of lesson, I was able to get him to start turning right after I counted to three. He tightened his hand on the rein and pulled right a little bit about four or five times, with support with a hand under hand hold. Wanted to hang with Badger after the lesson, but he wasn’t very sure what he wanted to do with Badger – pet, brush, etc.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Was very happy to be back after break. She told me about her ear getting cleaned out, but she decided she was able to trot today. She trotted for much of the lesson and really worked hard to make Val have a good speed. We did a trot pole set, and she stopped once or twice, but overall she kept good speed and balance through the poles. Her leg is a bit out of shape (heels down and squeezing on his belly), but she worked very hard to keep him going.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina had a good ride back. We had to have a few reminders about how to hold the reins, etc, but overall she retained most of her knowledge. Definitely has regressed a bit in her balance (leaning far backwards to halt, etc) where before Christmas she was sitting very straight, etc. rode at the same time as Grace and was a bit distracted, so we used Grace as an example in the first half (posting, steering) and then finished in the new ring for focusing and trotting.


mangiante, Will

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Independent steering 50% of ride. Building up core strength to post rhythmically at the walk without holding onto the saddle.

Lesson Comments:

Rode Bunny today and stuck it out well in the very cold weather. I am trying to give him more open ended choices when asking questions instead of two choices, or at least starting with an open ended question and then modifying it if he can’t give an answer. We rode for the first time in the bareback pad. It took him a few minutes to get a handle on balancing, but he adapted very quickly and was doing very well at the end of the ride. I was very proud that he asked a question without being promoted – he said “I trot Bunny?” With an upwards tone at the end of the sentence. He also said at the end of the lesson, when I asked him where he wanted to go, “home!” Without any other prompting.


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

A successful trot/canter transition.

Lesson Comments:

After her last lesson in the little ring, today was the day that we attempted to canter. We warmed up doing lots of trot transitions (posting to sitting to two-point) and then talked about how to ask for the canter. She tried about 5 times, and on the last time, call cantered two steps!! So proud of her.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had a good first lesson back. A little unfocused in what I asked her to do, but she definitely had a plan about what she wanted to do. 😉 She accepted that it was too wet to ride in the field or the hill, but we rode in the big ring and she steered very well to the jumps, etc. Good interaction with the other riders. Some prompted, some unprompted steering, but mostly prompted.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lily has a new PT, and I saw a huge improvement in her gait and strength. She was stepping heel first when she walked in the bar and stretched out much more quickly. Her balance at the trot was much better as well.bwe worked on keeping her hands even on the reins while trotting and not lifting her right hand higher than the left. She was able to keep her shoulders centered over her hips while trotting and holding to the reins, not the handle.


Kirk, Emily

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Rode Sophie in the little ring. A great size for her. Introduced serpentines – hard for her to keep Sophie straight across the center of the ring – needs a steering leg, not a go leg. A bit unbalanced and meaning on hands at the trot.


Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Sad, Upset

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Balanced, rhythmical posting at the trot two circles of the round pen.

Lesson Comments:

Rode Bunny and was not happy about it walking in, so we talked about how we ride different horses for different things and with Bunny we were going to work on trotting again. By the end of the lesson, though, he was giving Bunny hugs and kisses and tell her he loved her. Had to remind him to bend his leg with his heel down at the trot, he kept pushing it out in front of him. Lost his balance once and had to catch himself on Bunny’s neck, which made him work harder. Need to remember to alternate steering weeks with trotting weeks so that we don’t backtrack, and he can post on Badger by himself.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Will is becoming very opinionated about where he wants to go! By mixing up the mounting process, we are able to let him take more control over the steering, and he is very definitively steering to the round pen first and then the big ring. Also, he is doing lots more talking to the horse and telling us what he wants to do. Very good steering to jumps and trotting today. Not as engaged in round pen – I don’t think it’s as exciting. 😉


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode in the little ring today – it offers less distractions than the big ring! We worked on no stirrups, using her leg to turn, and introduced serpentines – hard to stay straight across the middle without a fence to guide us! We also started talking about the canter and how to ask for it. We need to do a lot more sitting trot to prep.


V, Andres

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Stressed, Nervous

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding on Bunny.

Short Term Goal:

Expressing enjoyment and acknowledgement of the horse.

Lesson Comments:

Andres did very well grooming the horse. Followed directions, picked up brushes and used them correctly. We were able to curry circles on both sides of the horse and use the hard brush. He was very talkative to Bunny, saying things like “brush, Bunny” and “good girl, Bunny.” When it came time to mount, he did not want to ride. He sat on Bunny, but became very uncomfortable. Mom sat on Bunny to show him, and I sat on Bunny as well, however, we were not able to get him to mount. We discussed trying again and letting him get more familiar with the barn, settings, etc. We will be in further contact.


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding with just a spotter(s) 100% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Riding in saddle for full 30 minutes every lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie’s first lesson in the saddle! It took a few extra minutes to get on as the stretch was uncomfortable at first, but she persevered and her leg stretched and relaxed a lot through her ride! Could only go for half an hour before she needed to get off. Mainly spent experimenting with balance, etc. can’t wait to do a lot more with the stability of the saddle to help!


chisholm, david

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa when prompted 25% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Wanted to ride in the big ring with the other riders. Worked on deciding how long we should count for before stopping – choosing between two hands with numbers. Good posting and standing up. A few times seemed to be looking where he was supposed to go, etc. need to find a way to 1) motivate steering and 2) offer options on how to tell the horse where to go without overwhelming with too many options.


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas had a good ride. Tonia dismounted after walking around with no protest. We did the usual steering over and around things, sit ups, encouraging interaction with other riders, etc. he is becoming more and more confident in his steering! Not just in knowing where to go but also in using the correct hands and reaching for the reins first as opposed to pointing first. We have almost achieved short term goal of holding the reins 100% of the ride! The motivation for the show is working very well. 🙂 He has really increased his core strength over the last few months, being able to ride for longer with minimal back support and not being completely floppy at the end of the ride. Per Tonia, they have seen the increased strength at school and home as well.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

grant rode Badger in the big arena. He listened very well with another rider or two in the ring. We worked on following directions, with open ended questions or instructions (instead of saying things like “where are the grey poles? Point to them! turn right and walk over the grey poles” working on giving instructions like “take badger to the grey poles” and then breaking it down further as needed.) we did a mini obstacle course, and through the whole ride, Grant was very sure about where he needed to go and how to get there. A few times we had to look for what I asked him to walk over or around, but once he knew where to go, there was no problem getting there. He also was watching the other riders – he can’t quite anticipate when he needs to slow down or stop, but he actively looked for the other riders and listened to directions about them. His posting was a bit rough, his next lesson needs to be back in the round pen with lots of trotting to get back into posting mode.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Hannah had her first lesson back after break. She was a bit unfocused on bunny at first, but then I made a “road” in the sand with my feet, and she was enthusiastic about steering bunny on the road – all of our steering issues disappeared! We went back and forth several times – the road involved keeping bunny on the rail through two corners and then a turn across the diagonal with no fence to keep bunny straight. She ended with some good trotting!


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather was in the small ring on Val. She rode exceptionally well! We trotted the entire lesson, and did lots of sit/post/two point combinations. She was not happy about the little ring at first, but I told her that it was where we were going to start working on cantering, and she was very happy about it.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby was in the little ring to start working on cantering. We had a long warm up and introduced a serpentine. I explained that learning to canter takes time, and it may be several lessons before she can get the pony to canter. We went over how to ask for the canter and attempted it. Her inclination is to post and lean forward, but her leg is very strong – as soon as she can solidly sit back and not post, she will get it. We tried one last time, and she did get two canter steps! Very proud of her, and something to keep working on.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon rode int he little ring again. Less in control and a bit more passive than last week. Moose also hadn’t been ridden in a few days and was a bit more up – started to trot once or twice when I had not asked him to. However, she did steer well and trotted well at the end of the lesson after Moose settled a bit.


Ewing, Grant

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

A bit unfocused in the big ring, but otherwise very good. We worked primarily over two sets of poles, and then ended with a bit of trotting. I am so proud of how he is handling himself in the big ring. A bit of slouching; badger was not being the most cooperative and pulling the reins a bit, but I was very pleased with how calmly Grant handled it.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

good riding in the little ring, not as proactive as the last week. Lots of trotting. When given the choice between the little ring or going on a walk, she picked the little ring! Did very well steering between me and family.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

worked on halts and counting up to them again. A little more distracted today. David had some good posting and standing up, still working on balance at trot – bareback pad next lesson? Enjoyed being in the big ring with the other riders.


Fant, Lynze

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

very good at the walk in the big ring. Good balance and steering control. Very unbalanced at the trot – leaning forward and pulling on the horse’s mouth. Says she rides in a round pen usually to trot.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

lots of sit-ups today! He did a very good job holding the reins, wanted mom to walk with him a little longer than usual.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Heather rode Badger again today and didn’t have a great attitude when she got on, as he had kept pulling the reins out of her hands last time. However, we talked about it, and she rode very well. She kept her leg on and steered well, although we did have to have a “focus” talk in the beginning. She rode so well we were able to jump 6 or 7 times at the end of the lesson.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Worked on circles with the bridle. Still talking about keeping hands even, etc, but also address looking up vs looking out around a circle – kenendie was looking up on the circle, but not looking far enough around the circle. Once we started looking around the circle, Micah kept going, and it was much smoother.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby – Worked with Poppy briefly when I had to go back to the barn – still struggling with spatial patterns (same as the lesson when we stayed at one end of the arena – very hard to cut across the middle and maintain a circle) – definitely something to keep working on. Went to the round pen for a bit to get her legs warmed up, then back in the big arena. Badger was not being particularly cooperative, so trotting all the way around did not go as well as it usually does. However, we were able to accomplish our goal for the day, which was two jumps in a row! Abby kept her heels down, squeezed, and looked up, and ride her two jumps very well.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Asked Shannon where she wanted to ride, and she wanted to ride in the small ring. A lot of great steering! Had an incredible moment, when Moose tried to do something Shannon did not want him to do, and instead of just dropping the reins and letting him walk back to mom and dad or letting me correct him, she made a frustrated sound at him, shortened the rein, and pulled his head abruptly around. I was so proud of her! Very encouraging to see her take control. Also did some good trotting and balancing.


Peatross, Carter

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Carter did fantastic in his first lesson! He was enthusiastic about grooming and remembered that we were supposed to clean the horse’s hooves. Mounting went very smoothly, and he picked up on steering with two hands very easily. Did have some leaning with his body through the turns, so we will work on sitting up while turning using just our head and hands. He did not get noticeably fatigued while riding. Carter was a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to seeing him again.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David’s dad brought him to ride, and he rode very well. Held the reins almost the entire ride. We started in the round pen and worked on pulling the reins to make the pony halt. We counted to three and then whoa’d. After several times of that, I gave David a choice of what we wanted to count to before halting by holding up my fingers and letting him choose. On the last few halts we did, he did start to pull himself. He got very excited to ride with the other riders when we went in the big arena to finish. He posted and stood up very well. Remembered to remind him to sit up in the saddle, but he was still a little uncomfortable


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas is responding very well to practicing for his horse show. He is committed to holding the reins and riding by himself for 90% of the lesson and not getting fatigued as early. We still can’t sneak up on Ms Poppy … 😉 He is still needing prompting on his turns, but once prompted, he is looking and turning. Most of the time he is using both hands to turn when turning independently, but he is also sitting up and maintaining his balance while doing so. Hopefully, as his core continues to strengthen, we will be able to separate his hands for turning and bring one away from his body at a time. We did lots of sit ups!


Harle, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was in a great mood. We asked him if he wanted to ride backwards and he said no, but then started turning around in the saddle all by himself! Very proud of him. I think it’s time to start getting back in the saddle instead of bareback pad and to start working on posting and two-point.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Heather just worked on trotting today. She took a long time tacking up, so Sarah challenged her to a race, which worked very well! She struggled a bit to keep her focus while trotting – lots of looking down, heels up, leaning forward, etc. She had several good trotting segments towards the end of the lesson after she really focused.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt just walked today, and we completed several obstacle courses and did position work.She was able to hold her two-point for 40 sec (very proud of herself), and we worked on not pushing her leg forward while she stood up. We worked on precision over poles, stopping when Val had one foot over the pole, then two, then four. We ended up doing an obstacle course with 3 elements.


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Introduce diagonals; spatial planning going to and over obstacles; maintaing proper position at the trot and jumping.

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode Badger; we started in the round pen to warm up. She trotted well, even though her leg was not as good as it has been the past few lessons (slipping forward out of position). Once we got in the ring, Ari was a little unfocused, and Badger was not listening very well. He kept wanting to turn to go to the gate/pull the reins out of her hand, and Ari couldn’t quite get coordinated enough to make him listen. We ended the lesson with trotting on the lunge; Ari was able to sit up and get her leg under her with her heel down, and Badger had to work hard. 😉 At the end, Ari told me she was tired!


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding with just a spotter(s) 100% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Improving balance and precision in steering.

Lesson Comments:

Second ride in the bridle! We spent more time stretching this week – much more tight. Continued our experimenting with the bridle – learned and talked about a soft feel and not just hanging on his mouth, but giving and taking. Worked some more circles and reviewed last week’s contact lesson.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

They were doing construction work around the new ring today, and Tara was lessoning on Moose after in the big ring, so we rode in the round pen and big ring today – Shannon, however, as soon as we mounted Moose, tried to steer straight to the little ring! Once we told her we couldn’t ride in there, she acquiesced to ride in the round pen. She was able to show off her steering for Tara, riding between me and Tara and trotting. She did want to end in the big ring, and we did lots of poles and jumps.


chisholm, david

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa when prompted 25% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

David’s first ride back in awhile. He seemed very interested in the other riders again. Held the reins with only a few physical prompts today; did a fair amount of posting at the halt and walk, and we practiced standing up and counting to 5 before we sat down. He had several turns on each side where he was pulling after a verbal/physical prompt, but we weren’t pulling the reins for him. When we trotted, he leaned forward, and seemed to have bumped his crotch a bit – we were able to remind him to sit back in the saddle, and he didn’t do it again – need to remind him before we trot next time. Overall, a good first lesson back.


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 100% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob is back! He was very excited to be riding. Had to have a few steering reminders (slide/pull). Did not want to do around the world, so had Brianna demonstrate for him, then he did it all by himself. Rode in the big ring. Ended up behind the barn to watch the tractor and excavator work, iterated well with Mr. Payne, and rode backwards for the first time so he could watch the excavator work! Wanted to brush but can’t because of allergy issues.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar continues to do a great job helping with the tacking up, grooming, and untacking. She helped brush and put on the pads, as well as getting the buckles on the girth. She also attached the rainbow reins herself (But she was riding in the bridle, so I had to redo). We rode to the ring, but she wanted to ride outside the ring. It was too wet on the new property, so the compromise was the hay field with Tara; she wanted to go to the ring initially to meet the painted horse (Moose). She had some really good interaction with other riders in the ring. Kept her balance very well up and down the hill and steered well when we were going where she wanted to go. Helped untack and groom and pick feet.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt still did not want to trot today, but she was much more interested in doing some work at the walk. We worked on her form at the walk and on getting Val to move forward instead of being so lazy, and then we did a pole course. I had her work on halting square before the poles and when val had just his two front feet over the poles. This exercise really makes her think ahead and plan when she asked Val to whoa – if she started to ask after he had already stepped over the pole, he would not stop in time. She showed some very good forethought and motor planning!


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Heather started out a bit unfocused, but she perked up after Sarah challenged her to a tacking up race (Sarah won). On Badger, she had a lot of hand yanking and pulling, so we had to stop and talk about what she needed to do, remind her about good form (looking up, sitting straight) and why she needs to focus on good form – her end goal of jumping and cantering. After we talked, she concentrated very well and had fantastic form over the pole course we did and a few small jumps.


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy, Other – focused

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Introduce diagonals; spatial planning going to and over obstacles; maintaing proper position at the trot and jumping.

Lesson Comments:

Ari’s first lesson back on Val in awhile went well. I reminded her that he was a bit more lazy than the other horses and that she would have to use her leg much more to make him go. After she made him trot once without the crop, I let her use the crop for the rest of the lesson. Mainly today we worked on leg position and steering; she had other riders with her in the ring for the first time in awhile, and I was incredibly impressed with the attention she paid them! She knew where they were most of the time and was aware if they were coming up behind her. Any time she came off the rail, she stopped and looked first to make sure her way was clear. Really good situational awareness. We worked over a set of poles at the end, addressing the approach to the poles that we have been working on the last few weeks (i.e., where she needs to go to get to the poles) and really working on getting her heel down over them – Val is much bouncier over the poles than Badger, so even though he was slower, it was harder for her to keep her balance.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Due to traffic and running behind schedule, we did not do as much on the ground work today. Dagmar’s Dad came to watch, and she was very engaged and motivated. She trotted by herself for the first time in the round pen on Bunny! She was very balanced and sitting up. After we worked in the round pen, we moved to the new little arena, and she was able to steer from me at one end to her parents at the other, all by herself. Very good independence was demonstrated today!


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding with just a spotter(s) 100% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Improving balance and precision in steering.

Lesson Comments:

First day in the bridle! After taking the first little bit to get used to it, we worked some circles and figure 8’s. Our focus in the circle (other than the usual looking up and balancing) was on keeping even contact on the bit, even around the corners – introducing the concept of using the outside rein to turn or as a barrier. Kennedie did a really good job! I like using the bridle, and I think Kennedie and Micah did as well. If you want to do some outside research, I think wikipedia (or just google it) has some good articles on rein aids and how we use them – if you search “barrier rein,” some good information should come up.


mangiante, Will

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Independent steering 50% of ride. Building up core strength to post rhythmically at the walk without holding onto the saddle.

Lesson Comments:

Will’s first day back in a few weeks! Tried to start him in the new little ring, which he tolerated for a few minutes, and then very decisively steered Bunny to the gate! He wanted to go back over to the big ring – so I let him take Bunny there, stopping to let him turn every time we were going to “run into” something. He did a lot of good steering in the ring, as well, along with trotting, etc. Overall, a very good day! I was most pleased to see that he had a plan, even though it differed from mine, and that he knew how to make his plan happen.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Rode in the new little ring for the first time today! Shannon loved it! We started in the round pen to warm up, then moved to the new ring. Shannon was able to steer from one end to the other to her parents – and several times Moose went to another corner or the wrong way, and she corrected him mid-stride. Had lots of good shortening of the rein, etc, without my input. Really can’t wait to see what she will be able to do in the new ring.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather started off slowly on Val, but she picked up by the end of the lesson. She could not make him go at first and was doing a lot of yanking on his mouth; after she made him trot without a crop and didn’t yank, I gave her the crop, and she had a very nice trot around the ring. Had to go back and remind her about her right heel, but otherwise she had good form and concentration.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt did not want to trot today and said her heart has been bothering her. She walked around and practiced her two-point over some poles. Did not want to do an obstacle course.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working on balancing through walk/trot transitions off lead with Sophie.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode Sophie for the first time in awhile. She rode independently in the round pen to start with and worked over the poles for a bit. We worked on the walk/trot transitions in the round pen; she was a little more unbalanced than last time, since it had been awhile since she trotted. Sophie also had forgotten how slow she needed to trot and hopped into the transition the first time. We went back to the walk and asked again, Emily making sure to really sit up with a feel for the reins, and the trot was much smoother and slower. We ended by going to the new arena, and I let Emily walk around spotting from a few feet away, since Sophie had not been in it before. I think it will be a great size to give her confidence and more independence at the same time.


Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

Grant had a fantastic lesson today! He was incredibly focused from the first few minutes of the ride and was very happy to be riding Badger again. We were able to ride in the big ring, since there weren’t many people around. He walked all around the ring by himself multiple times, steering Badger easily and watching for the other few riders that were in the ring. He walked over the trot poles with just a verbal instruction and no prior prompting with me on the other side of the ring from him. The fact that he was able to listen, process, and make Badger do a task that he had not done before, without me being right next to him was amazing! We were able to do a pole pattern with three sets of trot poles, asking him to find the colors and walk over the different colored sets. He was able to find the poles he needed with minimal effort and very clear forethought and processing. We also trotted on Badger with me leading him, and then he trotted Badger to me by himself for about 5 steps, keeping his balance and attempting to post. I was so proud of him today! We also talked about making sure to do his lessons in the morning in the summer, since that is when he is the most focused, and we can get the most done.


Millard, Abby

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Consistency in spatial planning; good form on the flat and over jumps with minimal verbal prompting.

Lesson Comments:

Abby was fantastic in her lesson today! She trotted around the ring two times without stopping and steering consistently while trotting (not stopping to steer). This was a huge first for her – often she will make a mistake and stop the horse to tell me she made a mistake instead of fixing it and keeping going. Today was one of the first times she seemed incredibly determined to keep going and make the trot happen, even when she made a mistake. She watched out very well for the other riders in the arena. At the end, she jumped about four times, and I didn’t have to give her any position reminders, just told her to jump; she kept her heels down, looked straight, and didn’t lean too far forward. I told her we are now ready to start jumping two in a row! She also had one accidental canter step, which she handled well; I anticipate that we will be attempting the canter over the next few months.


Athow, Hannah

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Other – Silly

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted through patterns 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Hannah was very silly today, which Dad warned me about. She had difficulty following directions and listening, although she ended with better focus than she started with. We finally resorted to trotting lots, which, while making her giggly, also seemed to help her focus. She also was very responsive to being filmed for mom to see what she was doing. While Oliver seems to respond very well to Hannah with steering over obstacles, etc, I would like to try her on Badger and ride on Bunny again to try and get some independence at the trot an encourage posting. I also think Badger would be a good horse to try riding on the new little arena in and attempting independent steering in a larger, differently shaped area than the round pen.


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Alert, Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Introduce diagonals; spatial planning going to and over obstacles; maintaing proper position at the trot and jumping.

Lesson Comments:

Ari had a great ride on Badger. I gave her the crop after she made him trot without it a few times, and she did some great trotting all the way around the arena in both directions. It took her a bit of time to remember to go in the corners once she got him trotting, but after some reminders, she did well in not letting him come off the track. WE talked about margin her hands and legs work together to keep him on the rail, and I really tried to create some body awareness not just of what her body was doing, but also what Badger’s body was doing. Ari had to really look up to know when Badger was starting to deviate from the rail, and then had to use her hands to keep his head pointed to the corner and her leg to keep his body in place and moving forwards. We worked over the same cross rail as her last lesson, and I was very please to see that she remembered where she was supposed to turn from to get to the jump. Her jumps themselves were very solid, although it seems to take 2-3 jumps to remember to keep her heels down and pull everything together. In her next lesson, I would like to transition to another jump that is on an unrelated distance/on a diagonal and see if she can figure out her track without help from me, or if we have to work through that together again.


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding with just a spotter(s) 100% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Improving balance and precision in steering.

Lesson Comments:

While Kennedie started off a bit tight, she was able to stretch well during the ride. We started of in the new ring to get a feel for it, but we finished the ride in the round pen, since we didn’t have any poles or anything over at the new ring yet. Kennedie was steering very well, but Micah was in a little bit of a mood and would only keep walking while going to the right but continually wanted to stop while going left. So we mainly tracked right to let Kennedie steer. No trotting this week. Talked about trail riding and vein able to work on the fill once the ground is dry. Will be a great balancing exercise!


Miller, Sarah

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

General awareness; turning with head before leg and hand 75% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Sarah continues to impress me each ride. I’m really trying to help reinforce the idea that how she rides (behaves) directly influences how the horse behaves, and that most tot the time when she asks me if she can “ride all by herself’ or something similar, my answer is not arbitrary and dependent on me but dependent on her and has a direct correlation to her ability to 1) listen and 2) make her body influence the horse’s body correctly. On that note, we started riding in the big arena to see how good her focus was. She started off very well and had good social interactions with other riders. I did tell her that me walking more closely to her while we were walking around the ring was more from a not having to talk to loudly standpoint as opposed to not wanting to let her ride by herself. i was able to let her go longer and longer distances from me. She did start to steer over a jump once without asking permission and with another rider coming towards it. We stopped and talked again about how listening to directions was not just arbitrary but for safety. Once we established she could steer away from me and generally watch for other riders, we worked on an exercise where she turned from me, walked to the rail, and turned back to me again. Not only was she going the furthest away from me that she had been, but she also had to have precision while steering and watch out for the other riders, halting if they needed to cross her path. Our turning soil that we worked and focused primarily on was turning her head to look where she wanted to go before she pulled with her hand, so she could remain in control of Micah the entire time. While it took several tries to remember what to do, she had about four passes at the end, where she looked, used her leg and hand, and then kept her head turned while Micah turned. Her focus on the other riders was fantastic, and she was consciously thinking about if she needed to stop and let them pass or if she could turn with a clear track. We ended the ride letting her ride freely in the round pen; the turning her head first held through to the round pen, without any prompting from me. Can’t wait to see if she remembers that in her next lesson!


mangiante, Will

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Independent steering 50% of ride. Building up core strength to post rhythmically at the walk without holding onto the saddle.

Lesson Comments:

It was again great to see Will back after a few weeks off. He was an absolute delight, very happy, energetic, and engaged while riding. When given the choice between the round pen and arena, he chose the round pen at first, and steered well between me and mom, but he kept looking at the horses and riders in the big arena, so we went into the big arena. He loved watching the riders jump and interacted well with all the other riders. He was very enthusiastic in his posting, so we talked about posting gently into the saddle. He wanted to trot a lot and sat up very well. He attempted to post several times – he is bouncing in rhythm and several times when i said “up!” he attempted to push up out of the saddle a bit. He just hasn’t quite figured out how to use his legs to really push up out of the saddle yet. Once his balance is better, Bunny will be great for him in the round pen to practice independent trotting and posting. I do think seeing all the other riders post at the trot seemed to help – peer riders will be useful for him in the future.


Moore, Barbra

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Regaining feel for horse’s mouth and movement while beginning work over poles and patterns.

Short Term Goal:

Building strength and balance.

Lesson Comments:

It was so great to have Barbra back on the horse! The lift is fantastic and so effortless. Her strength and balance was much greater than when she last rode previously, and even though she became fatigued quickly, she kept her balance very well – did not fall back at all through her halt/walk transitions and was very balanced through her turns. Can’t wait to see what we will accomplish!


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lily only wanted to ride in the big arena today, so although I made her start off in the round pen, we spent most of our time in the big arena. She loves creating patterns and through poles and “jumping” the crossrails. She had good balance in the bareback pad, although her right leg started off very tight; had to do a thigh hold for the first half of the lesson, but as her leg stretched in the second half, she was able to keep it in place with minimal assistance. We didn’t do as many sit ups as we have been, from a time perspective, but the ones she ddi do had good form, especially after she had stretched and was able to keep her leg in place. She did want to trot a lot and sat up very straight while trotting. I would like her to ride Badger on one of her upcoming lessons to let her do more independent steering in the big arena and see how she handles a taller pony.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

The lesson in front of Dagmar ran over a bit, which actually worked to our advantage, as Dagmar came over to the ring to wait while Lilly finished. Lilly had been riding in a bareback pad, so rather than make a big deal out of it and have a potential meltdown, we just got Dagmar mounted immediately. She said something like ‘where’s the saddle?” but still got on calmly and rode just like any other lesson. So proud of her!!!! Not only was riding in the bareback pad something that caused a major meltdown over several lessons back in the spring, but she also had never mounted in the arena before. Two new experiences that she handled without blinking an eye! She steered well in the ride and stay balanced for most of it, after an initial lean or two. Even her trotting was very balanced. She helped untack well at the end of the lesson and cleaned the inside of the hooves as well as out.She also did a great job removing the bareback pad, and we identified it as a bareback pad.


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather arrived while I was riding, and she looked on the board to find what horse she was riding, went to the paddock and haltered Badger, and had him in the cross ties grooming him before I could get back over to the barn. While I am thrilled that she could do all that by herself, I do need to make sure that there is someone to keep an eye on her since she is wanting to be more independent. She had a generally good ride on Badger; focused well even with other riders in the ring. I had to keep reminding her to not tighten the rains, and she started off forgetting a lot of what we had worked on over the last several weeks with her heels and looking up. We talked about it, and after continuos reminders, she had great form. We ended with a few small crossrails, and she maintained her heel and eye over them.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

After not wanting to trot much the week before, Britt trotted a lot this week. We tried to carry through our theme of keeping her leg back and heel down from the round pen lesson last week. She trotted around several times without stopping and did a set of poles coming off of the gate. She was able to keep Val trotting well through them, even though he wanted to stop at the gate. She also managed to keep Val trotting past the gate in general. Very proud of her determination!


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding with just a spotter(s) 100% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Improving balance and precision in steering.

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie was able to come ride in the middle of the day, which worked out great – the weather was gorgeous! She came straight from PT and was taped on her back and shoulder. I think it really helped with balance and with steering. We did some fast walking in the arena to help stretch out and then did some good work over the poles. Overall very solid.


Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

Grant was very unfocused when he got on, in part, I think, because he wanted to ride Badger instead of Bunny. He was very uninterested in the poles and steering, but I encouraged him to complete an exercise over the poles to warm up. However, when we started trotting, he became very focused and picked right u where he left off the last week. He trotted for almost 20 minutes straight and worked very hard on posting while trotting. He continued to say “up/down” in rhythm with Bunny’s pace, even when he was not posting. He started off with his leg bent, then straightened it (trying so hard to post); we stopped and talked about where his leg needed to be, and he kept it in place until he started to get tired. He LOVED trotting that much in his lesson. About halfway through, I asked him if he needed to walk and take a break, and he said no, he wanted to keep trotting. At the very end though, when I told him we were done and asked him if he wanted to walk, he said “I’m so tired!” He worked very hard, and I was very proud of his trotting progress.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode Badger tonight. He’s a bit harder to make go than Bunny, so we talked about how she needed to use her leg differently (really keep it back and more of it). I was very proud of her walk warm up, I asked her to post for ten and two point for ten without me telling her to switch positions, and she did that all the way around the entire ring without any prompting, demonstrating good independence. At first, she could only make him trot to me, but she was quickly able to make him trot almost all the way around the ring after we went over her leg position. Her steering along the rail was very good. Once I asked her to come off the rail onto the diagonal to trot over three poles, we had some spatial planning issues. I talked her through it once or twice, to see if she could solve her steering problem by herself. When that didn’t work, I walked the track she needed to take with her, and showed her how to figure out where she needed to go to go straight to the poles. The poles themselves where very solid, eyes up and heels down. Badger didn’t even think about walking over them.


Kubitz, Ava

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Ava concentrated very well and rode her whole lesson in the big ring. I tried to stay out of her way as much as possible and was pleased to see her watching the other riders carefully, being aware of where they were in the ring, and overall, riding very safely and appropriately. A huge difference from before we started our round pen work! She was also able to keep her leg strong enough to correct her steering while trotting instead of having to stop and fix it. I told her she could trot over poles next week.


Athow, Hannah

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Happy, Other – silly

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering consistently.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted through patterns 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Hannah and Oliver seem to be clicking very well, better than she did with Bunny. He turns less suddenly and is a little more solid than Bunny, and she seems to be more comfortable kicking and turning him. I also definitely like riding on Sundays! Even though we are a bit more silly, she is also more motivated. After a little unfocused at the beginning, she got to work when I set the poles down. Brian had the idea to tell her they were roads and bridges, and she was very interested in steering over them! Tried to help her see that when she turned from further away, it was easier to go over all the poles than when she turned close to the poles. She did have a few instances where she came in at a bad angle and attempted to correct it – turning left, then right, then left again. It was good to see that she sees what she needs to do and primarily needs to work on timing (a little more quickly, and not corrupting so close to the obstacle). Very balanced at the trot, but she didn’t want to post much. At the end, I gave her a choice of trotting, going outside of the ring for a walk, or going over her bridges/roads again, and she picked the poles.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

First use of the lift! Micah was a saint. Lots of carrots are clearly the way to his heart. So excited to have the lift – made getting on and riding a much more streamlined, easy process. Fantastic steering in the big ring off lead; better coordination with hands, minus a few times having one or the other too high. Overall, consistent and strong.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Excited, Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Wanted to start riding in the round pen again; good steering by self in the round pen, about half unprompted, once she knew where she was supposed to go. Moose was a bit bored, so we went in the big ring to help him spice his life up. We went over several sets of poles and small crossrails. The third time over the outside line, Shannon steered left and took us straight to the big orang vertical! Had to explain it was a bit too tall for Moose. She then steered back to her parents to tell them about it. We went back into the round pen and trotted 5 times; she had very good posture and balance. Moose has also figured out the pace he needs at the trot for her – very slow and smooth, with no jump into the stronger pace.


chisholm, david

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa when prompted 25% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

David was very good today after a few weeks off. He started trying to post all by himself, unprompted! Picked up the reins to walk on when we were stopped without prompting a few times, but also when I asked him to tell Oliver to walk on. We drilled whoa (counting to three, then hand over hand to pull back to whoa), and he pulled back to whoa once by himself. Oliver is definitely bumpier at the trot than Bunny! David loved it, but had trouble sitting up straight. He very much enjoyed watching the other riders in the big arena. He seemed to like Oliver, and definitely enjoyed petting him.


Smith, Sullivan

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Content, Anxious

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Holding reins 100% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa unprompted.

Short Term Goal:

Holding reins independently 50% of ride; asking horse to walk on and whoa with prompting 25% of ride. Confidence and comfort.

Lesson Comments:

Held reins by himself, no hand over hand. Still held onto saddle with his right hand. Overall calmer than last time. One big difference from his last lesson when he was not comfortable in big ring and wanted to be done halfway around. Today, acted like he wanted to go out of the gate from the round pen, so we went into the big ring. He loved the big ring, did not want to go back in round pen at all! He really paid attention to and watched the other riders – need to remember that peer riders may be a good option for him. He did not want to stop walking while riding or get off when we were done. We worked on incentivizing/empowering him to tell the horse to go by himself when he was ready to walk on. I put him back on Bunny, since he has been drawn to her on the ground the past few lessons, and he really seems to like her.


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Other – silly

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Keeping hands on reins 100% of lesson. Encouraging exploration with the horse.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was very silly today! Lots of talking and interaction with other riders. Did think it was fun to “fall” to one side off the horse while he was riding, so we talked about how that was not safe. Most notable is that he initiated around the world all by himself! Turned around in the saddle, very brave. Did not want to walk while backwards, but it is a huge step forwards in confidence.


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Other – in charge!

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas is doing so well with riding by himself! Tonia was able to get off after just once around the ring, and Lucas seemed very confident, with no concerns about riding by himself. He supported himself very well throughout the ride. We did a good number of sit-ups, and he also laid down while Badger walked for the first time. He seemed to like it, because the next time he laid down, he pointed and told Badger to walk on! We ended up doing about 5 or 6 steps. He also thought it was great fun to push my head down for me to “sleep” and then push my head up to “wake up.” He is gaining so much trunk control and strength, it is great to seem him progress week to week. Now that he is so much more comfortable riding by himself, I plan to start pushing the rein holding and steering again; I think he is strong enough now to make it easier than previously.


Millard, Abby

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Other – strong

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Consistency in spatial planning; good form on the flat and over jumps with minimal verbal prompting.

Lesson Comments:

Abby had some great trotting today! She made it all the way around both ways without stopping or leaning forward too much. Slightly shorter stirrups definitely help with her balance. She had a steering struggle but persevered – initially had to bring Badger back to the walk to keep him on the rail when he tried to go to the middle, but after lots of encouragement, she was able to hold him on the rail at the trot! Her balance and leg position was so good that we jumped at end. All of the jumps were very solid, with her heels down and mostly looking up. Her approach to the jump was also good, coming straight to it with a good track, not approaching it at an angle – this was doubly impressive since the jump was on a diagonal. A lithe bit of looking down on top of the jump, but over all a very solid lesson. I think she is almost ready to start cantering.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Distracted, Talkative

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

came in very unfocused, but helped tack Oliver up – reins, both pads, saddle. her fine motor skills have greatly improved over the last several weeks. She held the latch on the reins at the wrong place to put them on, realized it wasn’t working, and adjusted her grip without any help at all from me. great steering – rode across the round pen to steer to mom without any assistance from me – and corrected Oliver’s trajectory (turned left to go to mom, then turned right when he went to the fence). I also asked her if she wanted to steer to the poles or ride in the big ring, and she said “I want to steer to mom.” I was thrilled that she came up with something by herself that wasn’t an option I gave her. She rode in the big ring off lead, steered by herself, and was very interactive with Zeke (and then Sarah). She wanted to tell Zeke all about the bulldozer; each time we stopped, she told him something new about the bulldozer, not just what she had told him the previous time. She also steered Oliver to mom three times to tell her something about the bulldozer, and then at the very end, talked to Sarah as well. She also saw Vic in Ramen’s old stall and said “That’s Ramen!” Mom and I were both shocked that she remembered him, much less which stall had been his.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Content, Relaxed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining proper steering through patterns. Going back and reviewing work on leg yields and collection at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Emily was great on Micah in the round pen. He was very good for her and listened very well to her leg and hand cues. I was able to let her be very independent on him – she didn’t need position help, reins, or balancing once. It was a really good relaxing, confidence building ride for Emily. Great job through the poles with very clear steering. Still needs work on heels down!


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather earned her ride in the big arena. She was soft and conscientious with her hands, so I let her have a crop to help Val go. Once Val was going, she kept her heels down the entire ride, looked up, and only fell forward once or twice. Overall, her balance and position was much improved. She was very stable at the trot and kept her right leg and hell in position, so we worked through the grid (bounce, one stride, two stride) with poles. She was able to keep Val in front of her leg and not lose her balance, so I made the last pole a small x and let her jump it. She did a great job!! I told her all her hard work has paid off.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant was unfocused at the beginning of his lesson, just paying attention to everything except his riding. As the lesson progressed, he became more focused. We worked on making the horse listen while he steered (he wasn’t looking up, using his legs, etc) and on his form at the trot (keeping his leg under him and not pushing it out in front of him). We talked again about how posting is not just for walking, but to make the trotting easier. He pushed himself up out of the saddle and trotted! He could do about 3 in rhythm or skipping every other beat, holding onto the front of the saddle. Although a little unstable at times, overall, he was balanced and confident. So proud of him!!


Kubitz, Ava

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy, Other – frustrated

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Riding entire lesson in big arena, with or without other riders.

Lesson Comments:

This was Ava’s first ride in the big arena in several months, aside from Bunny the week before at the very end of her lesson. I chose Micah because I knew he would be pretty steady in his steering. She did a great job trotting him all the way around the ring, in the dark, with another rider! I was very proud of her. She got a little frustrated getting him to go – she’s used to Bunny trotting so easily – but overall had a great lesson.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie did great in the big ring all by herself and totally off lead. Micah listened very well – your steering and coordination have greatly improved over the past months, where before he would have tested you a bit more. Micah used to get confused sometimes about where to go, when to go, etc, but aside from the few times he asked if he could go out the gate, both of you were communicating very well with each other. Despite some looking down, your balance was great. Still need some work on keeping your hands level and not letting one influence the other when it comes time to turn or stop – they need to work independently of each other.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Will was thrilled to be back on the horse. He was very enthusiastic, his steering was great, and we did lots of trotting. He spoke very well in sentences, and said several “I want …” with no prompting from me about wanting to trot. I was ecstatic to see him taking initiative while riding! Overall, he was just very happy to be back on the horse.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon wanted to ride in round pen when given the choice of where to ride and indicated which one she wanted by steering Moose there herself. It seems to have really given her confidence and security. Once in the round pen, she did some steering by herself when I asked her to but was a bit more subdued overall than previous rides, where she had a goal in mind of where to go without me prompting her to turn, change directions, go over the poles, etc. Sang the national anthem several times for motivation in steering, which then got us over the poles. Did multiple good trots, which she loved!


Ayers, Julia

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent balance through the whole lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Coordination at two-point at walk – not leaning forward.

Lesson Comments:

Julia used the poles as a great obstacle course – most of the jumps were down, so there were lots of options for weaving, quickly turns, circles, etc. Good, consistent steering throughout the lesson – no help from the leader. Heels started off stiff but had stretched much more by the end of the ride, and she was staying very balanced. She did more stretching and less trotting this week. Had a new volunteer, and Julia was very good in helping direct her where she wanted her to support her, etc.


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Stressed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Keeping hands on reins 100% of lesson. Encouraging exploration with the horse.

Lesson Comments:

Mom said had a rough week, and he came after the ordeal of getting his hair cut, so was in a bit of a mood. I decided to change up what we did on a whim, and asked him if he would like to go on a trail ride. He did not want to ride out of the ring at first, but then said he would like to. We walked to look at bulldozers, talked about what they were doing, etc and then rode back up the hill and in the woods. At the end, he very much enjoyed it and seemed very engaged.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Relaxed, Nervous

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working on balancing through walk/trot transitions off lead with Sophie.

Lesson Comments:

Emily did very well on Sophie. It was nice to be on a horse that she could steer and connect with very easily by herself after Little has been a bit harder to steer under saddle the past few rides. She was a bit unstable through the trot at first – it has been several weeks since she trotted and Sophie had forgotten the speed she needed to trot at, but after a few trots they meshed nicely, and Emily found her balance, while Sophie remembered to do a nice little jog. I let Emily walk in the ring with me for the first part of Allison’s lesson, which she really enjoyed.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

No woods today because of workers, which Dagmar was sad about. She was relatively focused in her ride, did some good steering, all of which was prompted. Good balance while trotting and held the reins instead of the saddle. However, her most impressive part of the lesson was when it came to untacking her pony. She wanted to pick out the feet, so I told her she had to untack before she could brush/do feet. Usually, she ignores this, and we have to do some hand over hand to accomplish her task. Today, however, after I told her this, she removed the lead rope /reins all by herself, and then went to undo the girth and take the pads and saddle off, without prompting. Then, she grabbed the hoof pick and started cleaning the hoofs. I was completely taken aback and so proud of this huge step forward! Hopefully, it will stick through next time. Can’t wait to see.


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

No noises, seemed content the entire ride, sitting up for the whole lesson. He petted Oliver while riding, with left hand and right hand. Held reins in left and right hand about 50% of ride, only holding handle with right hand. He moved himself back to center of pad when asked. We attempted to ride in the big ring, but he uncomfortable in the big ring after we got about halfway around, seems to prefer the round pen. He used his hips to tell Oliver to walk on multiple times – trying to reinforce that if we are stopped and he wants to go, he can tell Oliver, doesn’t have to wait for us if he is getting frustrated and wants to walk. Let me use his hand held up in a stop sign to stop Oliver, since he doesn’t like pulling on the reins. He held his hand up once when I asked him. Good in the barn after the ride, still interested in watching everything, but not wanting to do a lot of brushing, etc. Need to keep working on that.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina got to ride after her sister, which she loved, because Grace was able to stay and help her ride. I let her ride Micah, which she thought was cool, because Grace also rode him, and he was bigger. She had an accident before she rode and had to change into shorts, so we didn’t do trotting. We did obstacle course instead, and she did a great job of remembering where she needed to go and how to steer to get there.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Good first ride back after three weeks off because of leg in boot. Great trotting, kept Badger going well throughout the entire lesson. We started off on riding at one end of the ring to warm up, which ended up being the entire lesson. She was struggling to visualize a smaller rectangle, since she is used to following the rail. Successful at the end. Need to do more work off the rail.


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather had her entire lesson in the round pen. Great posture – hands, heels, body, head were all working together, minus a few small mishaps. A little looking down, a little bit of pulling on Val’s mouth, etc, but overall much, much improved. I told her that her posture and hard work this week had paid off, and that we would do the entire lesson in the big arena next week and jump.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt did some great trotting and pole work today. Trotted over twice around the ring without stopping (both she Val seemed in a very good mood). We were able to work over several sets of poles, and she kept Val trotting before and after, without lots of stopping.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Hannah was a little unfocused today – I noticed a huge difference in demeanor and energy from her Sunday ride. Less focused and more distracted. She was on Bunny again, and did not try to steer as much herself or squeeze/kick, etc. Would like to go back to Oliver next lesson to see if it was the horse. She did attempt to post at the trot today! Instead of just bouncing, she tried to stand up several times in a row. Very proud of her. Will be switching to Sunday lessons for foreseeable future.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Grant was very unfocused in his ride today. Both his mom and brother were attending, along with his grandmother. While he has ridden very well for mom before, I think he was distracted by brother. The usual tricks in the round pen didn’t work so well, so we went into the big arena to remove ourselves from distraction. Even though there were other riders in the big arena, which has traditionally been very hard for him to focus with, he actually was much better than the first part of the lesson. He rode all by himself between me and Sarah, steering and balancing! First time totally by himself in the big arena where he was concentrating well enough that I could completely let him go off lead. He loves badger. Would like to alternate Badger/Bunny each lesson – I think Badger’s trot is still a bit too bumpy for him to balance well by himself.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas rode very well! He was very talkative and good with the reins. He rode by himself for over 10 minutes and did a good number of sit ups. Very proud of him. Also loved to see the lights!


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working with straightness on Little; fine-tuning leg aids.

Lesson Comments:

Little was not in a great mood today, but Emily persevered and handled it fine. We weren’t however able to get as much done as I had hoped in terms of patterns or leg yields, but Emily was able to work on handling him when he wasn’t being his usual sweet self.


Miller, Sarah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sarah had a very good first lesson back after several weeks off for behavior issues. We did not have to do a lot of reminding and review. After one or two reminders to look up, she looked up consistently; I didn’t have to remind her about steering gently, heels down, or the cues she needed to give the horse. She had a bit more independence in the big rind and handled it very well, and completed out goal of walking over 6 poles by herself. Would like to continue granting more independence as she continues to focus and listen.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Put Ari on Bunny and stayed in the round pen to work on balance and leg (first lesson back since we put BonBon down). Her leg was very consistent the entire ride, with her heel down and squeezing Bunny. She is very confident in the round pen and on the smaller ponies. It’s time to start transferring that to the big arena and the larger ponies.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Hananh’s dad brought her on Sunday. I put her on Oliver as something different, and she did a great job with him. Wasn’t afraid to pull to turn, and he did a great job of interpreting her sometimes not so clear rein aids, while not trying to eat grass, etc. Most importantly, she did her first ever totally independent squeeze and kick to make Oliver go!! Just a verbal prompting from my end. Will be interested to see if that carries over to next lesson of other horse. She was very enthusiastic (showing off for Dad? not at the end of a school day?) and very excited about everything, not just trotting. Very much liked how she rode Oliver.


Danciger, Dagmar

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar rode typically today – some prompting for turns, a few independent turns – was very balanced through the trot. Her big achievement was on the ground! She helped untack Bunny – put the lead rope away, did the girth herself, put the saddle and pads on the rack – after I told her we had to untack before we cleaned Bunny’s feet. She then cleaned the outside of Bunny’s feet. After that, she took the lead rope by herself and hooked it onto Bunny with one hand and attempted to lead her to her paddock. So proud of her!!!


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt had a good lesson with lots of trotting. We did some work on getting her leg and heel back into the right place after two weeks off. Her knee brace was bothering her, so she rode part of the lesson without it, but said that it didn’t hurt her. Trotted two times around without stopping.


Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Heather had a fantastic lesson on Val today. Spent the entire ride in the round pen, and her right heel stayed down the whole ride, very consistent with her leg and head and not falling forward. Going to start transitioning back to large arena but starting in round pen to reinforce leg position. Talked with Dad about her going to the bathroom right before we ride and taking an excessive amount of time. She is going to start going before we begin tacking up.


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sully was very good in his lesson. He almost mounted onto Oliver before I could help him! For the first half of the lesson, he held his reins with minimal prompting and no hand-over-hand. His left had held the reins without the handle on the pad, the right hand held the handle and reins. He reached for the reins a few times and was very verbal, repeating my tones three times when I said walk on and whoa. We ventured into the big ring, which was a new experience, and he became a little more agitated. We were able to go back in the round pen and work again; I showed him how to pet Oliver, and he initiated petting Oliver himself for the last 10 minutes of the ride with his left hand. So great to see him connecting with the horse. He gave me his first signs with no prompting – all done and please. When he dismounted and was helping lead Oliver through the barn, he first wanted to help Vivi brush Gidget, then saw Bunny and went straight to Bunny, asked to be picked up, and petted her face for several minutes. Will try to have him ride Bunny next time to see if that was a coincidence or not.


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Posting without hands at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob rode Ollie very well. Lots of good steering and wanting to trot. Still working on getting him to be more explorative on the horse as far as deviating from the standard position.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David did not want to work with mom in sight. Would like to try alternating a week with mom side walking with a week of her not side walking and put of sight. He gets more done more quickly with her there (we don’t spend 10 minutes calming down), but I would also like him working more independently. We rode back in the woods and he did some good steering with physical prompting, as well as balancing up and down the hills. Trot at the end was very balanced.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had great balance outside of the ring today; we walked up and down the large hill and back in the woods on our unicorn hunt. She did ask to trot Oliver and handled the bumpy trot very well, keeping her balance and her back straight (although she did ask to “walk faster” instead of trot after the first trot).


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly rode well on Bunny, particularly trotting. I have seen a great decrease in avoidance behavior and things like baby talking/crying over the past few weeks. Glad to see her maturing! Concurrently, she has been more focused on her lessons and working on skills. Her trotting is becoming very balanced.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather started off in the big ring, then needed in the round pen. In the big ring, while she was trotting, she was ignoring instructions and kept yanking on Val’s mouth. When we went into the round pen, she was able to focus much better and trotted on a loose rain with her heels down. Next week, entire lesson in the round pen.


Martin, Jake

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Jake focused well. He was able to ride between myself and Haley, demonstrating control and balance. We did have to talk about not leaning in his turns but instead sitting up and balancing. He did a lot of posting, keeping his leg and upper body in position, and we started talking about the rhythm in the trot in anticipation of posting at the trot.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt was a bit off when we started the lesson, but she ended up working very hard. Our goal was to trot some nice circles, and she did several circles in both directions at the trot. We focused on maintaining her pace and not letting the circle become an oval or square.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

We tried to ride in the big ring again, and while Hannah was very interactive with the other riders, she wasn’t focused completely on steering – she steered when prompted, but she wasn’t taking a lot of initiative. When we were back in the little ring, she steered better but was a little unfocused – had to have a lot ad prompting to stay on task.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie was a but tight, so we spent some good amount of time stretching in the big ring. More pole patterns in the round pen, with just a sidewalker, no leader. Kennedie was more confident than the last time we tried off lead, and Micah followed her commands very well. It was a huge improvement over last time she tried completely off lead!


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant had a great lesson. We did the usual work on position and focusing, etc. Today for the first time he showed some very interest independence. He was very focused and engaged. When it came time to set out the poles for a course, I asked him to tell me how to lay the poles out for him, and he came up with an interesting pattern we had not done before, but one that was definitely rideable. I came up with a pattern for him to complete, which he did very well, and then I made him come up with several patterns utilizing all three obstacles, which he did without any hesitation, really taking the time to think and plan. Very proud of the planning skills he used!


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

We had a big talk about how Lucas is older now, and big boys ride by themselves. So after our usual steering/jumping/surprising, he did ride by himself down the driveway and back to the barn. We also experimented with riding backwards and standing up. He did do a few sit ups.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina focused very well in her lesson. Her balance was very good in the bareback pad and it really encouraged her to sit up straight. We worked again on steering using her elbow and not by turning her hand over. She had some very good turns and enjoyed being in the ring with the other girls. She did 20 sit ups (5 sets of 5) and had to use my hand to help herself sit up. Hopefully, if we keep working, she can do the sit ups without needing to use her hands.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David was in a much better mood for his lesson today! We continued to work on holding the reins and steering. After the first half of the lesson, he held his reins without us having to also hold on and also reached for them several times. Trying to reinforce that the horse only walks when he is holding the reins – at the very end, I told him we were going to ask Bunny to walk on, and he reached for the reins all by himself! Still looking to turn when prompted and hand-over-hand for the turns. Very good balance when walking and trotting. Also introduced two-point, standing, and posting (with hands on saddle and with us holding them up like an airplane) in the saddle, and he offered posting by himself at the end of the lesson. Can’t wait to continue building on that!


Ayers, Julia

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent balance through the whole lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Coordination at two-point at walk – not leaning forward.

Lesson Comments:

Julia had fallen and hurt her tailbone a few days prior, so we did not trot today. However, her balance was fantastic and her posture very, very good. We did some good balancing at the two-point and standing above the saddle. She also posted 50 times in a row without stopping. Did a good job over the pattern I gave her.


Boswell, Nicholas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Although Nick initially wanted to mount Bunny and put his helmet on, he dismounted soon after and we could not convince him to remount (has been having difficulty at home, as well). We are going to take a break while family sorts through medicines, etc. They will contact when ready to start riding again.


Cantrell, Liam

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

Liam was much more focused and consistent. He was back in his usual saddle, which he seemed to like much better. Did some good standing up and stretching. Started off very tight, but once we put his feet in the stirrups, we were able to lower them about 4 holes throughout the lesson.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Good job steering through a deceptively easy task today! Very good exercise for making Micah’s feet go where you want them to and for practicing looking up. Trotting was very good, especially the third one. Thanks for staying and helping desensitize Micah to the lift! Can’t wait to use it for real.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon steered Moose well when asked, although she was a bit hesitant to create her own “course” like she did several weeks ago. However, when i showed her the pattern and walked her through it, the third time she started steering through it by herself. She also trotted several times; leaned forward a bit, but otherwise balanced very well.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather had more riders in the ring with her today and was very unfocused; in addition, being on Val, it took her longer to respond to directions when she needed to move out of the way, etc. So, we moved to the round pen, which was fantastic for her! She was able to focus and not worry about steering, so we were able to work very hard on her body and leg. Her position was great. We are going to start in the round pen for the next several lessons.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

We were able to ride back in the woods again, so Dagmar was very happy. She said she saw a unicorn today! Her steering and balance were very good, although she was a bit unfocused. She used a lot of sentences and was communicating very well. WE attempted ring off lead in the round pen, but she wasn’t very focused on steering unprompted.


Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Turning unprompted 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob continues to ride very well. Aside from some slouching, he was in control of Moose and steering very well with minimal or no prompting. However, when we went to the round pen and attempted to do some off-lead steering, he did get very distracted. Overall, consistent and focused.


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sully continues to grow more comfortable on the horse. It was much quieter today, which seemed to help. Continue to reinforce holding the reins while riding and encouraging not holding the handle. He let me use hand over hand to pet the horse but not reaching out by himself.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly continues to grow and mature in her riding. We were back in the saddle, and she did very well balancing and stretching through her heel. A lot more independence in her steering and wanting to make decisions on the horse was great to see.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina did a good job riding Oliver for the first time. We worked on pulling out to turn and not leaning back with her whole body. She did a great job steering Oliver without help, although we did have some confusion over left and right, and also had to talk about pulling gently.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

We were able to ride in the big ring for David’s lesson. He was very engaged, and seemed to enjoy watching the other rider that was in the ring. He was much more interactive with the horse this week; I think the bareback pad helped encourage that. While we had to help him hold the reins at first, as the lesson progressed, he started taking his hands off of the handle and touching the bareback pad, touching Bunny, picking up the reins, etc. We also sat sideways on Bunny, which he seemed to enjoy, as well as backwards and laid back on Bunny. I will keep introducing these things gently, so he can figure out which he likes and doesn’t like. He looked the way we wanted to turn with verbal prompting, and once grabbed the rainbow reins very far down and turned Bunny. I could not tell whether that was deliberate or just truing to see the colors up close but will be watching out for it in the future! Overall, a very good lesson. We did make a point that even when he wanted to be all done, we had to walk back to the barn to dismount – we could not dismount in the arena. he was not happy about it, but he did listen. Very proud of him.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Relaxed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working with straightness on Little; fine-tuning leg aids.

Lesson Comments:

Emily had a great lesson after the show. Little was much calmer with her in the big ring than he has ever been, and she was able to ride off lead the whole time. The judge at the show noticed that her right rein was longer than the left, so we are going to try and focus more on keeping that even rein length as best as possible. Little has truly bonded with Emily on the ground, following her very well when leading, wanting to be net to her when grooming, nuzzling her, etc. Very sweet.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly was back in the saddle this week and her leg was fantastic. We got some good depth through her heel, and she was very stable. We played some hide and seek, and she did a bit of steering by herself in the little ring. Posting, standing up, and lying down on Bunny’s neck were very interesting for her today. We tried to start introducing posting at the trot and talking about the rhythm that she will be posting to in the future. Overall, she was in a great mood and focused very well.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kenendie’s last lesson before Chicago trip. Hopefully, the lift will be installed when you get back! Good job planning ahead through your pattern – it was a great one for illustrating why you need to look up instead of looking down! We will continue in this vein next week.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather had a noticeable difference in her leg strength with Val – didn’t have to use a crop and kept him going very well! Still very uncomfortable without reins on the lunge line, but she demonstrated overall improvement throughout the session. I think it must have helped somewhat, because her last two trots off the lunge she was able to have a completely loose rein on. Still wanted to hold on to martningale, though. Saw very good improvement in body straightness through corners and in looking up through corners.


Martin, Jake

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Jake did very well tacking up again. We talked about the parts of the bridle (6) in much more detail. I would like for him to attempt putting the bridle on next week. We played red light green light again, but in the big ring, so he had a bit more to focus on. In the round pen, we worked on balance and core strength. Lots of posting, and I introduced two-point (jumping position). He did a fantastic job keeping his heels down! In the round pen, he was able to steer all the way around with no leader, multiple times and did a great job of keeping Badger on track and where he needed to go. In the big ring, we worked briefly on the two-point over the poles and had Jake steer back and forth between myself and Haley several times. He needs to continue to work on his balance through the turns, by looking up and not leaning to the side. He stood up in the stirrups for a count of 20-25. I told him next week we will aim for 30. We also started talking about rhythm at the trot and the concept of posting at the trot. Hopefully, he will be strong enough to attempt posting at the trot in the next few weeks.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant was a bit less focused than last lesson, but overall, he still rode very well. we worked more on getting his leg underneath him with the heel down while trotting. I also introduced posting at the trot – he was not able to post at the trot, but we are going to start talking about it and finding the rhythm, etc. We walked over the poles a few times. In the next lesson, I would like to start introducing more difficult pole patterns and more strengthening exercises at the halt and walk.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was very happy to have mom back again. We still couldn’t sneak up on Poppy. 😉 He did a great job turning. He also discovered that it is very fun to ride backwards and do sit ups on Badger’s neck. He did not want to ride by himself this week, but he was very interactive with all our other riders and wanted to hang in the ring for a bit after he rode.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining proper steering through patterns. Going back and reviewing work on leg yields and collection at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Sophie was a bit up today/perturbed by the burn piles, so we rode in the paddock and practiced behind the barn. We talked about various obstacles we might have at the show and practiced figure 8’s and square halts. Emily did a good job of handling Sophie and staying balanced, even though Sophie was not acting very calm.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina was a bit unfocused at first when Dad was watching, but then focused very well after he hid. She did a great job brushing and tacking up. We had to have a few steering reminders, and the regular reins definitely were harder for her to handle than the rainbow reins – note for future lessons. Her posting was good, although a little over exuberant (need to work on rhythms!). Working on the pole pattern was fun; I had to help her walk it several times to understand that it was easier to steer bunny to the pole from far away as opposed to up close – a hard concept to understand! Overall, she had a very good lesson.


Ayers, Julia

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent balance through the whole lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Coordination at two-point at walk – not leaning forward.

Lesson Comments:

Julia had some good two-point work today and did a great job of getting her heels down. We did an s-shaped pole pattern that was not the easiest, but she had significant improvement from her first run through to the last. When we trotted, we were able to trot a bit faster than previous weeks without bouncing – she’s starting to regain her old balance/strength.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Ari rode very well – it was first thing in the morning and quite chilly, but she got straight down to the basics and got to work. We did not have to use the round pen today, although we briefly trotted without stirrups to get her legs wrapped around BonBon. After our discussion last time about how to keep her leg on while she posted, she did a fantastic job of continuing to work on that. We ended with a little crossrail, and she had one jump where she got forward on her toe when she landed; so she was able to see the necessity of heels down/eyes up over the jump, and kept her position very good over every jump after that. Overall, her focus was great, especially with other riders in the ring, and she worked very hard.


Smith, Sullivan

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sully had a fantastic first lesson! We mounted straight away, since it was a new place. He is a bit sensitive to noises – he did not like the blower. The tractor working on the 14 acres was close enough for him to notice but not go into full on sensory overload. He was a bit nervous at first but calmed down quickly. There were a lot of new things to take in, but he was able to ride for over 20 minutes before he decided to be all done. We introduced holding the reins, looking which way her wanted to go, and using hand over hand on the reins to turn Oliver’s head (once he consistently holds the reins, we can move to hand under hand for turning). We also introduced “whoa” and “walk-on”. We tried a bit of a trot, but while he like to faster walk, the trot seemed a bit too bouncy for him – would be something to try on Bunny, who is much smoother. After he decided he was all done, we led Oliver around the round pen several times, then walked back to the barn. We helped take off the tack, put up his helmet, and brushed Oliver. Although his attention was wandering, he wanted to see the other horses and riders, etc – still feeling out this new experience! When he saw Piper and Whitney brushing Badger, he went over to brush Badger as well – so we need to keep in mind that having peer riders for him may work very well in encouraging him to learn skills. We also talked about walking feet/not walking feet in the barn. Saying goodbye was a bit rough, so I would like to have a definitive leaving routine so that it isn’t a surprise, and he can work on having a calm transition from riding to untacking to leaving. I think that once he knows what to expect better next time and less is new, we will be able to focus more before and after the ride and start working on establishing a routine. Overall, he had a great first ride, and i was very proud of him!


Cantrell, Liam

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Tense

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

Liam spit up again today while riding – need to remember to take a towel to the ring with us, so Jimmy doesn’t have to run back to the car. He used a different saddle than the #7, and the stirrup bars were much further forward. He struggled a bit with balancing in the different placement, particularly when standing. He did figure it out after a time or two. While I don’t like his position in that saddle and don’t plan to have him ride in it again, it was gratifying to see that he was able to adjust his balance to be able to stand up with minimal assistance in that saddle. Three hair pullings. Did not like the wind.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie continues to improve her steering every lesson. She had good balance throughout, even with some sharper turns. Still working on looking up all the time to be in muscle memory! Off lead handling continues to improve – would like to aim for off lead in the big ring in the next month or so. Planning ahead continues to be something we work on through the entire lesson, especially in approaches to pole patterns. Things like looking around the corner, riding the rail to turn to poles, etc.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Content, Relaxed, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon was a bit less focused than she was when mom and dad were both at the lesson the week, although she did a good job steering. Wanted to go in the little ring, again. She steered well over two trot poles set out, although she was less interested in her “jumps” today. Started working on whoa again, since she has not done as well with that the past few weeks. Moose was very attentive today, turning when he saw her hand move and not waiting for her to actually pull the reins – which gave her less incentive to hold the reins the entire lesson. Overall, a good job.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David was much more comfortable and relaxed this lesson. He protested a little bit initially but settled down much more quickly than the first lesson. I was very pleased to hear him match my pitches/tone when asking his pony to walk on/whoa (a low, drawn out tone for whoa, a higher pitched walk on). He also picked up his reins several times without any promoting, and he began to look the direction we were turning with just verbal prompting. Still wanted to hold on to the saddle the entire ride , and we had to assist him in doing anything with his hands off the saddle. Looking for him to start exploring without prompting. Bareback pad next ride?


Miller, Sarah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sarah had a fantastic lesson. She listened and concentrated very well. She was much more precise in her steering, using just one hand, and we were able to work on gentleness and control. She remembered how to hold the reins without any reminders and sat up straight her whole lesson. She also used her head for turning with very minimal reminders/prompts. She was able to take Micah away from me in the big ring and steer without letting him follow me. More importantly, she was able to go completely off lead in the round pen and steer Micah around the edges and back and forth over a pole pattern, without me in the middle keeping him going or spotting next to her. She was, with a little prompting, able to plan ahead for her track to the pole pattern and follow directions in real time about what to do after (left, right, halt, etc). Working with her is very fun, and I am pleased to see so much progress in just 5 lessons.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly was very engaged and happy today. She had much more independent riding – going back and forth across the ring between myself and Larkin, and stayed alert, focused, and happy the entire lesson. We did about 20 sit-ups and lots of fun stretches. We played hide-and-go-seek in the round pen and the big ring, and she loved it. We rode off lead for approximately half of the lesson.


Martin, Jake

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Jake really seems to like and has bonded with Badger. His tacking up today was very proficient; he takes the order of the brushes and using all the brushes very seriously. He was more ready to use his left hand this time and initiated counting his brush strokes himself, without any prompting. I’m hoping that his pony is very dirty one of his next rides, so we can start to transition from “brush for # of strokes” to “brush until your pony is clean.” He mounted with no extra prompting/help from me other than asking if he was ready to get on. We started the lesson by playing a game of red light/green light with his sister. I was proud to see that although I spotted for balance, Jake steered, stopped, and made Badger go all by himself. He is very competitive! I did not have to remind him once how to to hold the reins, and I was proud to see that while he still used holding his hand up in a three to pick up the reins, he had several instances of picking up the reins correctly without stopping to think/hold his fingers up first. We did some stretching/balance work on the lunge line – posting with hands up in the air, out to the sides, etc, all while trying to keep his balance. Back in the round pen, we worked on not bouncing and keeping our heels down at the trot for a count of 5. He then informed me that he just liked to keep his heels up in the air and demonstrated that he was making a choice to keep them up while trotting. So we will keep reinforcing how important heels down are! Overall, he was very balanced and strong throughout his lesson, with good choice-making and concentration. I love watching everything start to come together!


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Nervous, Anxious

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

In continuing our quest for really working on her leg, I put Heather on the lunge line when she couldn’t get off her hands. Again, she got very nervous. It is somewhat surprising to see the nerves when she is normally so confident on the horse – it only reinforces the fact that we need to keep working on those legs! With her reins on the lunge line, she was totally fine; with no reins, even with her hands forward, she felt very off balance and insecure. Towards the end, she had one go around on the lunge with heels down and no hands holding, so we ended there. I foresee a lot more lunge lessons in the future!


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt had a fantastic ride; trotted over two times around without stopping! She really wanted to trot today, and it showed. Her form was also very good – i didn’t have to give her any position reminders about her hands or heels. She also did well over some poles, and a great job of steering around other riders in the ring. Overall, she seemed very happy by the end of her ride.


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Hannah is continuing to do well in her steering and planning. She rode completely by herself in the round pen, including attempting a pole pattern that I showed her and a pattern that she made up. She was attempting to post at the trot – rising a bit in rhythm with the posts instead of just bouncing. Her steering in the big arena was great, and she had a definite plan for where she wanted to go/what she wanted to do.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant did a great job today working on his position. He was able to identify having his leg under, in front, and behind him and move his leg to the appropriate place under his body at the half and walk. He struggled at the trot but was able to move it under him once or twice while trotting at the end of the lesson. We talked about bending the knee and keeping his leg under him with the heel down; he was doing it at the walk but struggled to maintain position at the trot. The very good part was that he was identifying When his leg slipped out of position and attempting to correct it. We’ll continue to focus on this over the next few weeks.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was very engaged tonight; we snuck up on people again, and he loved it, including vocalizing when we yelled “surprise!” His steering was good, and he rode by himself at the end of the ride. He was very glad mom was back, even though it was unexpected, and steering better, etc.


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding with just a spotter(s) 100% of ride.

Short Term Goal:

Improving balance and precision in steering.

Lesson Comments:

Very good job with the pole pattern this week. Micah is responding better and better off lead to your cues. The more we do, you will better be able to plan ahead and do more complicated steering. We will be trying a different pattern next week, and I would like to try some in the big arena as well.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Evening

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working with straightness on Little; fine-tuning leg aids.

Lesson Comments:

Emily worked very well with Little today. She was able to maintain a very loose rein the entire lesson, steering Little with mostly leg aids and a very soft hand. Need to continue to make it interesting for Little – less work in the round pen. She is riding completely off lead on him and has much improved her balance, particularly through tighter turns.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon chose to ride her whole lesson in the round pen and was fantastic! This was the first day we were not only completely off lead, but she also walked completely by herself (from me to Dad). Her steering was fantastic, and she had several instances where she chose to steer without any prompting from me. We played a game of hide-and-seek, then walked over “jumps” on the ground, that she steered to all by herself. At the end, when I gave her a choice of ending with hide-and-seek or jumping, she chose to walk over the poles. Moose was fantastic as well, responding very sensitively to even small movements of her hands on the reins. She also had two instances where she shortened the reins completely by herself, with no promoting from me, to get to where she wanted to go. So proud of her!


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Transitioning from lunge to independent trotting, keeping leg and heel in place 100% on lunge and %50 off lunge

Lesson Comments:

We attempted to start off in the arena this time, instead of the round pen. While Ari made a good effort, she couldn’t quite get her leg on enough to get Bon Bon to trot, so we moved to the round pen to warm up. We discussed pressing down through her knee and posting from her thigh instead of the stirrups, in order to keep her lower leg on Bon Bon’s belly. We also did a bit of trotting with no stirrups. She caught onto the explanation pretty quickly and was posting correctly at the walk, with a few steps at the trot before reverting to her lower leg in front of her. We went back into the arena, and she was able to trot multiple times around. At the end of the lesson, she jumped her first cross rail, several times. She had great form over it, with heels down and eyes up. We have met our current short term goal and look to be moving on! I’m very pleased with how quickly she is progressing.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Used the bareback pad again; I love the balancing that she is having to do! Dad came and watched the lesson, and Lilly was very engaged. She did some very good off lead steering and steered BonBon to walk to her dad all by herself. She balanced very well throughout the trot and was able to do position corrections without my help, just a verbal prompting. She wanted to end in the big ring; we created a course of 5 jumps. We walked over them all individually, then I gave her the first two jumps, then asked her to finish the course – she correctly identified the bending line to a single (was able to intuit the natural progression of the course), which was a huge progression in her planning ahead/sequencing skills. Overall, she stayed engaged through the entire lesson, and concentrated very well. I would like to alternate bareback pad with saddle, to work on both stretching her hips and balance along with stretching her leg and posting. In addition, I aim to move her up to Bunny over the next month.


Ayers, Julia

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent balance through the whole lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Coordination at two-point at walk – not leaning forward.

Lesson Comments:

Julia’s lesson went well. She has gained some strength in her legs! – Badger trotted quite quickly today. Good steering, coordination, and two-point and posting. Next week, want to do a course, and some pole patters off lead in the round pen.


Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Moose
Mood: Excited, Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Turning unprompted 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob rode very well; he was engaged in the lesson, had his own ideas of where to go and what he wanted to do. He turned unprompted through almost 50% of the ride, and with only minimal verbal prompting through the rest of the ride. He showed good independence in the round pen. He did not ask for the ride to be done early and remained engaged through the entire lesson.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had a fantastic lesson today. Very engaged, and dealt well with disappointment (we couldn’t go on our usual unicorn hunt because of work in the woods).
She had lots of good turns without prompting or only minimal prompting and made some very decisive decisions when asked open ended questions about what she wanted to do/where she wanted to go. We had sentences almost the whole ride, with fewer non-sequitors and more comments focused on the task at hand. Good trotting, as well. Not very happy about posting, but did 10 when I asked.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Abby did better on Micah this week than on Badger last week. She started off by leaning on his neck, but we quickly went back to proper position – hands up, loose elbows, leaning back. She had some problems over the trot poles that she did not have the weeks prior – mainly in her track to the poles – making an early turn, then getting into her two-point extra early, instead of posting to the poles. After I stood there as a human cone, she was able to correct her approach. We talked again about using her leg to steer and correcting Micah’s tendency to go around an obstacle when he’s not pointed directly at it. We also talked about making sure Micah’s ears were pointed directly at the center of the poles and not next to it. We did a jump at the end, and she fell up Micah’s neck at the ending, because she let her heels come up. We’ll work more over poles next time – maybe a round pen lesson?


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Nervous

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather had a very mixed lesson today. Once she started focusing, she had some very good moments; sitting up straight in her corners, looking around them, and keeping Badger trotting, as well as not falling forward when he stops. She continues to have problems keeping her right leg in place. Once we attempted a small jump, she didn’t not keep her heels down (even after we discussed it beforehand); she fell up Badger’s neck on the landing, and it was the first time I have seen her get nervous over a jump. Usually, she laughs off being that off balance, but she was a bit shaken. I used that as an opportunity to really impress upon her the importance of heels down, and we discussed who we are going to work very hard to fix the right leg, just like we’ve been fixing her upper body. She did the jump several more times, much better each time. Now that she’s seen that she needs to keep her heel down, I think she will work much harder at it over the next few weeks.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany had a good lesson today. She trotted a lot when hacking on Val on Wednesday, and she carried that over into her lesson. She got great speed from Val and trotted all the way around the ring. She also had some very good trot poles. There were several people hacking during her lesson, and she maintained good focus.


Martin, Jake

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Talkative

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding balanced off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Improve core strength while steering – no leaning 100% of the ride; posting without using hands on the saddle 100% of the time to push up.

Lesson Comments:

Jake rode very well this past week. When tacking the horse, he remembered the name of the square pad, whither pad, saddle, and bridle. The pieces of tack that he did not remember the name of, he did know which order it needed to go on the horse on, and put the pads on the horse correctly by himself (knew which way was up/down/front/back). He also remembered the order of all of the three brushes + hoof pick. We discussed the reins and bit (pieces of the bridle). While brushing, he wanted to predominantly use his right hand, so we agreed that on the right side of the horse he uses his right hand and on the left side, his left hand. I had to initially help with some hand-over-hand so that he could grasp the brush properly without dropping it. With every brush stroke, we are making sure to start up high and end down low, crossing the midline from left to right or right to left. His use of circles with the curry comb was much improved; I did not have to guide him, and he was able to complete full, large circles, using his whole hand and arm, instead of just small circles. While riding, he remembered without any prompting how to make a three with his fingers to hold the reins correctly and corrected himself throughout the ride without prompting from me (the first two rides, he needed multiple reminders throughout the ride to hold the reins properly – was switching to an incorrect hold without realizing it). Approximately half of his turns, he only used one rein instead of both, and we reviewed the proper motions for turning (out past hip, keeping level with hands, body straight, not leaning or lowering hands). At first, he wanted to rest both hands on the saddle, but after watching his sister, he realized that riders don’t rest hands on the saddle while steering. He leaned side-to-side less today; we were able to utilize video of him trotting to show him how much he was leaning, and he was able to sit up straighter after that – I reinforced that his legs and head also affect how his body leans while riding. I expect that as he gains more core strength and becomes more balanced on the horse, much of the leaning will naturally go away; but we will continue to reinforce body straightness as a skillset. Jake gets a bit frustrated with posting/body position work at the walk and halt (I think partly from lack of strength – it’s hard – and boredom with repetition), so although it is necessary, I need to remember to approach it in short spurts/as a game while we work on attention span/gaining strength. As he progresses in dexterity and balance, I would like his next short term goal to be to start riding off lead in the round pen, with just a spotter, then off lead in the big arena. For him riding off lead in the arena, I am looking for an awareness of where his balance is on the horse and self correction when he becomes off centered in the saddle, so he can correct his position and stay balanced if no one is immediately there to support him if he slips/horse trips, etc. His skill acquisition, good understanding of the concepts I am teaching, and enthusiasm makes me certain that he will progress fairly quickly.


Athow, Hannah

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through expected corners with minimal verbal prompting, 50%+ of ride. Looking for beginnings of spontaneous steering.

Lesson Comments:

Hannah rode very well last lesson. She had her first time steering completely around the round pen all by herself! she had a plan, knew where she wanted to go, and not only steered well in both directions but was also able to change directions without assistance and made a few decisions without any prompting. Very proud of her! When we ended in the big ring, she asked me to go away from the horse (as she normally does), but for the first time truly took over steering and was taking Bunny where she wanted her to go, not just letting her follow me. Loved seeing the independence and planning ahead.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant trotted all the way around the round pen on Bunny today! While he tilted back a little bit, she stayed very balanced through his upper body and was attempting to really keep his heels down. We started in the big ring, to see if steering there was any better since the last time; he was very distracted and not inclined to stop Bunny from just following me. The second he got in the round pen, he had a plan and was steering very confidently. I think there are still too many choices offered in the big ring without a clear course of action. At the end of the lesson, I told him he had to walk Bunny around the round pen and steer without any help from me. he walked multiple times both directions, with not problem. Very, very good ride.


Miller, Sarah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sarah rode very well on Sunday! She had a great progression through the lesson. We had less halting while walking to the ring than we did the time previously and were able to get down to business much more quickly. We used rainbow reins attached to the halter, instead of a bridle and bit, which helped her turning – Micah was less reactive to inadvertent rein pulls in the halter and more responsive when she turned correctly. We reviewed turning; my goal was to have her walk around the round pen by herself. To do that, she had to turn with only one hand; bring her hands down and forward to the horse’s neck while walking, so she did not inadvertently stop him; and look up, to maintain balance, assist with turning, and help her posture. She remembered sliding and pulling from last week. I had to talk about bringing her hands back to the center to let the horse go straight after she pulled to turn – she was able to see that when she kept pulling on one hand, Micah went in a circle instead of straight. We practiced lowering her hands and pressing them forward, and she was able to feel that when she looked down, Micah stopped. She also improved the way she turned; she had been puling straight back or crossing over Micah’s whithers. Instead, she learned that she has to pull out past her hip and down, so that Micah’s ears turn and point the way she wants to go. Helpful visual imagery for walking around the arena was “walking on the orange sand” and “Keep Micah’s head turned to the red rail.” During the lesson, we progressed from physical and verbal cues during every turn to several instances of her correcting her hands and looking up while walking without any reminders at all. She was also able to stay after her lesson and have some great social interaction with our other riders.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Relaxed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working with straightness on Little; fine-tuning leg aids.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode Little. She had a very good warm-up; steering was even better than last week. She worked over the little flower box again and were able to address leg vs hand steering to the box and leaving the hands alone when doing a little adjustment. We were able to also talk about the difference when working with a younger horse; not letting him get stressed, praising the small steps, etc. we came very close several times, but it wasn’t working, so we took a break in the big ring, then came back into the round pen. I had her just work him at will, lots of circles, going through the middle, etc, then just easing him on over it when he was least expecting it – taking away the tension and getting his mind working. She did it once, then we were done. Good ride.


Boswell, Nicholas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

This was Nick’s first lesson back in awhile. He put the helmet on no problem several times and asked to be picked up and put on the horse. He held the reins about 50% of the lesson and turned about 25% of the lesson; most with verbal and physical prompting, a few times with just verbal. We trotted a lot! His balance was good through the trotting. He did dismount in the middle of the lesson and wanted to pet BonBon’s nose and play in the sand. I am very glad he initiated contact with BonBon. He did remount and trot/steer more; he rode BonBon back to the barn to dismount. Need to work on discouraging dismounting and well as encouraging engagement with the horse and other riders both mounted and on the ground.


Haraldson, Ariana

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

It was Ari’s first lesson back in awhile. We worked with no stirrups at the trot in the roundpen and big ring; her foot was consistently coming out of place while in the stirrups, so we worked without stirrups to show where her leg needed to be. We started off with a few steps of the trot and then worked her way up. When going back to the stirrups at the trot, her foot and leg were in a much better place than when we started. She jumped a little jump in the roundpen with very good position over the pole; looking up and heels down. At the end of the lesson, we went into the big ring, and she trotted around three times without stirrups – I gave her the choice of with stirrups or without stirrups, and she chose without. At the very end, she lifted her inside leg too far and fell off BonBon. She was unhurt and unconcerned, so we got right back on and did one more trot. I was very pleased with her strength and coordination overall; she was able to feel where her leg needed to be and her equitation was very good; as we continue, we need to transfer that leg and strength to when she is riding with stirrups so her leg is under her and balanced, instead of in front of her and unsteady. Over the next few months, I expect to see her progress to jumping small x’s in singles and lines (two together) and beginning to canter.


Cantrell, Liam

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Calm, Whiny

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

Liam started very tight in the lesson but had really stretched out by the end. We trotted a long side of the arena four times; he did a great job of sitting up and not slouching. We stood up out of the saddle four times; the first time he was very tense and had to pull on our hands to balance, as well as us support his torso. After the first one, he pulled himself up and started to drop through his calves and relaxed around bunny. The last time we stood for a count of 30. He held the reins on and off throughout the lesson. He did have two hair grabbing instances and became very fussy at the end of the lesson.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Meant to try Sabrina in the bareback pad, but last minute change meant we rode in the saddle. Sabrina rode Badger for the first time and handled the larger horse well. She was able to steer him around the round pen, with appropriate verbal and physical prompting, about 4 times. She also initiated posting by herself. This was the first time she has steered completely by herself, and she very much seemed to enjoy it. It was so wonderful to see the independence! About halfway through the lesson, she began to lose concentration with the steering, so we spent some time trotting and ended with a walk. I was very excited for Sabrina today!


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

I was very proud of you for going completely off lead yesterday! Your balance has been very good in the round pen, and I’m very happy with how much more precise your steering has become. We’ll keep working on his “walk on” cue and trying to use your feet to help him go. The exercise I had planned was not as hard as I thought it would be, so be prepared for something a little more difficult next week! As you become more confident in the round pen off lead, we want to start doing more in the big arena. As always, we want to keep working on looking up and planning ahead so you know where you want to go, without me having to tell you every time – for instance, remembering what you need to do to “change direction across the middle,” without me having to say “turn left, and then turn right.” Very good job yesterday.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Will was very sensory seeking today. We started off with some turning, but he was more interested today in patting and hugging BonBon and being very interactive in his environment. I will bring some sensory items next time to incentivize turning – he can pick up an item and bring it to the volunteers. He had some very good interactions with the other riders. He also did a great job visually tracking one of our riders while she was jumping a 5 jump course, cheering and clapping for her afterwards. Overall, he just seemed very happy and relaxed. While we were leading Bunny around the ring, he felt balanced enough to take his hands off the saddle, wave, etc, instead of holding the saddle. His balance has improved greatly.


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy, Nervous

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Riding a full half hour on BonBon; turning without prompting 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob rode in the bareback pad for the first time. Loved how her balanced in it! Will definitely be ricing in it over the next few weeks. He was hesitant to do things like lying back, turing around, etc, so we didn’t push it, but I did have Jordan come in at the end of the lesson and show him how to lie back and do around the world. He very much enjoyed telling Jordan to go to sleep and wake up! Hopefully, over the next few weeks, using more peer riders as necessary, he can gain the confidence to start doing those things in the bareback pad. He had his first truly spontaneous turn! He decided to go somewhere and turned Oliver all by himself, with a slide and pull and absolutely no prompting. Very proud of him.


Ayers, Julia

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent balance through the whole lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Coordination at two-point at walk – not leaning forward.

Lesson Comments:

Julia rode Badger again. We did some good trotting in the big ring and some off lead in the little ring. Her heels weren’t down as well and her leg was coming off. Need to do some more no stirrup work to encourage her leg to stay on. Leaning forward at the two-point only when her heel is not down.


chisholm, david

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

David was clearly adjusting to a new routine/horse/facility in his first lesson. He was unengaged in tacking, although interested, and mom says he has never helped tack before. This will be something to encourage him in. Mom said that he would cry at first and that he does better without her in the ring. We went directly to the round pen and continued walking until he calmed down; initially, every time the horse halted, he began to cry again, so we kept going and rode without stirrups. Next time, I will attempt to adjust stirrups before he mounts or use the bareback pad. By the end of the lesson, he was engaged, smiling, and paying attention to his surroundings. He was able to adjust himself towards the center of the saddle when he became unbalanced (with assistance), was holding onto the saddle or volunteer’s hands while trotting, looking in the direction we turned, and lifting his arms up over the pole with assistance. I am confident that as he becomes more comfortable with us, he will continue to improve in his lessons. As he becomes more comfortable, we will introduce the basic of steering and stopping. Looking forward to his next lesson!


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 25% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

We worked today on steering and making choices while riding. She very much enjoys riding in the round pen and is much more responsive in it. She was very excited when we took Moose’s lead rope off and let her steer by herself. When I gave her a choice between walking in the round pen by herself or taking a walk around the barn to end the lesson, she wanted to stay i the round pen and practice steering. She stood up for 3 sets of counting to 5; we will just keep working on that as she gets stronger and her leg isn’t bothering her.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Excited, Happy, Whiny

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly had a hard day yesterday walking a lot, so we used the bareback pad today to really stretch out. She loved it! Her balance was good, and she was able to get a lot of hip motion. We completed about 15 sit-ups, most of them hanging onto my arm, but several with no pull. Her steering was also very good, some spontaneous. When she started whining or babbling, I just whined or babbled back at her, and we turned it into a bit of a contest, so instead of shutting down and not participating, she thought it was fun and continued to want to ride. She was very helpful tacking up, carrying her own pad and reins, and brushing BonBon with the curry and hard brush, and remembering how she was supposed to use each brush.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Almost everything Dagmar said today was a sentence! We went on a unicorn hunt again, and Dagmar was much more proactive in steering. Instead of us stopping and verbally prompting her to steer, she was determining which way she wanted to go and prompting herself to slide and pull. Towards the end, we had three turns where she was able to slide and pull while Oliver was walking. At the end of the lesson, Dagmar asked to pick Oliver’s hooves and wash him and put away her helmet and reins all by herself.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Badger and Abby were not clicking well tonight. Badger was being a bit stubborn, and Abby was a bit distracted. She had a hard time steering into the corners, not so much because she didn’t know how to do it but moreso because she just was forgetting to do it and then getting very tense. Towards the end of the lesson, after we had talked about how she needed to loosen the reins, sit up, and steer with her legs, she managed to have a very good trot on Badger down the long side – I asked her what she did differently, and she told me that she stopped pulling on his mouth and leaned back – so she was able to feel and identify and and how she did it correctly. I am planning on letting her ride Micah this next lesson to get her back on track.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Still working on consistency; I had to tell her she wouldn’t jump if she didn’t stop leaning forward and start looking up. Still working on sitting up through corners. Despite only doing a cavaletti at the end of the lesson, she felt like she had a very good lesson – she did some good work on her sitting up and not leaning through corners. Back on Badger next week hopefully; she seems a bit more stable on him.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Val’s abscess was much better, so Brittany was much more willing to work at the trot. Val was moving very nicely and had a good speed instead of just being super lazy; Britt kept her leg on well. She worked well over poles at the trot.


Martin, Jake

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Jake’s second ride was very good. We had a steering reminder from last week; working on getting him to use just one hand to turn instead of both. General position cues are also being reinforced; sitting up, heels down, etc. Good balance when standing above the saddle. Plan to work more on leg cues and balance next lesson. He loved watching the older riders, very good at imitating them. As he gains core strength, need to start attempting posting at the trot. Right now, working on rhythm and consistency at the walk. Love his enthusiasm!


Athow, Hannah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Hannah had some great independent riding and interaction today. Was happy steering by herself to try and pick up a lead rope and then take it to mom. Good balance and trotting well. Want to keep encouraging independent steering and having her own ideas about where to go without waiting and only turning when prompted. Good posting, still trying to find the rhythm at the trot.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant retained the skills we worked on in his last lesson very well; we had focused on steering by himself and not pulling on Bunny’s mouth but keeping his hands down and forward, with his elbows away from his torso. When he does this, the reins stay loose and Bunny does not yank her head down to get away from the pull on her mouth. I started by having him try to steer by himself, but he was getting frustrated because every time he became distracted and looked down or away, Bunny turned and followed his head. We talked about how he first had to look where he wanted to go and then he had to keep Bunny’s head also looking where he wanted to go. After a few repetitions, it clicked, and he consistently looked up through the rest of the lesson. About halfway through the lesson, everything seemed to come together, and he had no more steering issues whatsoever – he had a plan of where he wanted to go, he looked up, shortened and lengthened his hands as necessary. I started off having to give three or four verbal reminders to keep his hands forward, but by the end of the lesson, Grant was able to move his hands forward after just one verbal cue. He trotted halfway around the ring without becoming unbalanced, steering and stopping by himself. He was also able to correct his hand position while trotting after one verbal prompt, instead of having to go back to the walk, fix his hands, and trot again. The trot in particular gives the rider a lot of sensory input, so the fact that he was able to listen to a command and complete an action that has been hard for him after one verbal prompt while trotting was very impressive. Overall, Grant had a very productive, good lesson; I was so proud of how comfortable he became with steering and how well he focused. Next week, we are going to focus more on balancing at the trot and work on leg position and core strengthening.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was in a good mood for most of his lesson tonight. We played a game of sneaking up on people in the arena to encourage him to steer; he steered consistently through the entire lesson and was holding on to the reins with both hands by the end of the lesson. He remembered that he had to steer back to the barn to dismount, instead of trying to be all done by the arena. He was less fatigued on Badger and was happier to ride longer because he was less tired. He was very talkative, making an “L” sound when he wanted to turn left, and nodding his head several times to answer yes.


Miller, Sarah

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sarah had a great second lesson. She was much less nervous than last week and retained a lot of the skills she learned last week, in particular when it came to mounting and dismounting. She had no hesitation when it came to dismounting and remembered how it had to be done without any reminders. We worked on making Sarah feel in charge of Sophie and instead of just verbalizing what she wanted Sophie to do, using her head and hands to steer. We worked on sliding and pulling her hands down the reins to turn and then had to help her learn that she had to stop pulling after she turned to let the horse go straight. By the end of the lesson, she was turning and halting very well by herself. She wanted to do everything herself, so I will continue to try and reinforce her independence but also help her recognize when she does need help and why she needs help. Our next steps are refining her steering and helping her be more gentle of the horse’s mouth (learning when to stop pulling and let go – part of this will be learning empathy for the horse and recognizing that her actions on the horse affect how the horse feels) and starting to work on balance (this will involve a lot of muscle work and building her core strength).


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Little Rhett
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working with straightness on Little; fine-tuning leg aids.

Lesson Comments:

Emily had a fantastic lesson on Little. She was able to ride him completely by herself in the round pen at the beginning and end of the lesson. Sophie has helped her to be much softer with her hands over the past two weeks, so she was very good with Little using a hand to reinforce her leg instead of hanging on his mouth. He was very light off of her leg and responsive; she was able to ask him to move over, bend, and leg yield, with a little bit of collection starting. At the end, we asked him to walk over a narrow flower box, which they both found a bit difficult to do – they were both trying a bit too hard. At the end, when she was walking on a loose rein, they walked over very easily, without any problem.


Ayers, Julia

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Calm

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent balance through the whole lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Coordination at two-point at walk – not leaning forward.

Lesson Comments:

Julia had a great ride on Chip today. Her steering was very precise and she followed directions well. We didn’t trot, but we did a lot more work at the two point and posting at the walk to start working on building that muscle up again. We worked over some poles and cavaletti. I would like to plan to work in the round pen next lesson.


Griggs, Kennedie

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

We did a little more stretching this week than last week before we went into the round pen. Balance was very good through the corners – you still need to remember to look up! Steering in the round pen was much better than the week prior. Both hands were working independently of each other and your cues for Micah were very deliberate and precise. Next week, we are going to work more on planning ahead for how to get Micah through harder patterns.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Will had lots of people helping for his lesson today! As in the weeks prior, his focus improved over the course of the session. Because he had more choices over where to steer and who to go to in the arena, he was a little less decisive in his turning. While we started off with both verbal and physical prompting, by the end of the lesson, he was turning with just verbal prompting, and a few turns with no prompting. We went back and worked on our two-point; he didn’t remember it initially but was able to when Rejina demonstrated it for him. He wanted to end in the big ring, where he successfully steered to several crossrails and walked over them in two-point. Next week, I would like to talk more about where his leg needs to be to balance and come up with some more core-strengthening exercises.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Calm

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

We attempted to go into the woods today to look for unicorns again, but it was too muddy, so we stayed in the round pen and arena. Dagmar’s focus was good, and she picked up steering over the poles quickly. We attempted a bit of steering off lead, and she still needs a lot of prompting, but she did complete several turns off lead. Trotting was good, but bouncy. Not very motivated to post.


Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

This is a test for the lesson notes.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Talkative

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar rode well today in her first lesson back since school started. It was hotter than it had been, but she held up well. We trotted in the round pen and then went on a unicorn hunt in the woods. She turned Bonbon very well when she was looking for unicorns! We kept finding more places we thought unicorns might be hiding, and she was initiating turns and remembering to slide and pull herself, with only minimal verbal prompting. After our unicorn hunt, she looked at me and said “It’s so hot, ” so we untacked and brushed BonBon.


Ayers, Julia

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Sitting trot off lead in the big arena.

Short Term Goal:

Building up strength to improve form in the two-point and posting.

Lesson Comments:

It was great to see Julia back at Trinity today! She hasn’t lost any of her skills with the time off, just needs to work on building back up her strength. Her processing has improved greatly since the last time she had a lesson. I was able to ask her to make position corrections, and she was able to do them while she was walking; we didn’t have to stop and explain or practice at the halt before we did it at the walk. Her two-point was excellent and her posting was much stronger than previously. Her form did deteriorate a bit as she became fatigued. We ended with some off lead trotting in the round pen, and she was able to steer and balance at the sitting trot.


mangiante, Will

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Will had a fantastic lesson! We utilized the little ring today and with his improvements in balance and steering over the past few weeks, we were able to let him go off lead. He was so thrilled to be riding by himself. We sent him back and forth between mom and myself. Initially, he was not steering without physical prompting; I encouraged him to find me or mom with his eyes, then slide and pull to turn – we were having to help him slide and pull. As the lesson progressed, he went from just sliding to sliding and pulling with only verbal prompting! We also discussed where BonBon’s eyes were and how he needed to make BonBon look where she was going. Overall, Will was very engaged and happy and the fact that he was able to steer by himself seemed to make a big impact on him!


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 25% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon rode very well in the big ring today. We did a course over poles and jumps, and she did some very good steering. We stood up in the stirrups for the first extended period of time since her foot started hurting this summer – we counted to 20 twice. At the very end of the lesson, she wanted her foot out of the stirrup, but she did not indicate that it hurt while she was standing up. We will continue to do little bits of standing up and see how it goes. At the end of the lesson, we took Moose to the little ring and let Shannon off lead. She really, really enjoyed it and was doing a great job of turning without prompting. I would like to continue to utilize the little ring in her rides – it lets her make more decisions and keeps her on her toes since there is not so much space in-between “corners.”


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Talkative

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Riding a full half hour on BonBon; turning without prompting 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob did very well on Oliver today. He was very talkative while riding and had several turns that were made with no prompting whatsoever. He also had several turns where instead of just tugging on the rein once and letting go, he pulled through half of the turn, realized we weren’t done turning, and finished turning Ollie’s head through the whole turn. We did a jump “course” of 5 jumps and poles (two lines and a single), and Jacob was able to tell me how many obstacles there were, and which order the jumps should come in (i.e., which jump comes next down the line and which jump starts the next line). His comprehension and verbal skills are improving drastically week to week, which is so fantastic to see. I would like to take him off lead in the little ring next week.


Hunsberger, Tori

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding whole lesson off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Regaining strength after surgery; riding a full half hour with only a thigh hold for support.

Lesson Comments:

Tori did very well today. We were able to ride for over 20 minutes before she got too tired. We rode in the big and little ring and were able to do some circles and patterns mores than the previous weeks. While she got tired and had to stop, we didn’t have as abrupt a transition as the previous time’s ride and did not have to fuly support her as we walked back to the barn.


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy, Whiny

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly’s lesson went very well. She did a good job steering and balancing. She was a bit less enthusiastic about counting and doing exercises this week and did get a bit whiny at the end – we had a talk about how big girls don’t whine and she pulled herself together for the last lap around the outside of the ring. Very proud of her! She liked steering by herself in the little ring but did get a little discouraged when BonBon didn’t listen right away, so we talked about how you have to focus and try hard, and it will work. She enjoyed flapping her wings like a bird again!


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Abby did a fine job today. She remembered her lesson from last week about preparing ahead for her corners on Micah, particularly by the gate. She did forget to keep her inside leg on while tracking left but corrected the issue much more quickly than last week. She does a great job of being a good example to Michaela. Our main focus this week was working on getting her elbows relaxed and away from her torso to improve her balance and control over the horse. We ended the lesson over trot poles. I was very impressed with how well Abby’s leg stayed in place over the poles with her heel down! We need to keep working on not bending too close to Micah’s neck with her upper body. I plan to reintroduce small crossrails this week.


Norowski, Jill

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

ZEB**

Great work on Zeb today! Really worked on your body position. Obvious difference in horses willingness to move forward when you were in the right position: shoulders back and centered above hips, leg underneath you and squeezing, eyes looking out and forward. When your body was correct, Zeb worked much better and was more confident in his actions. Continue to think about your body position as the most important component rather than thinking of the horses body.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt had a great second lesson back. She was much more comfortable in the big arena after hacking this week, after being a little nervous with the change last week. I reassured her that she can ride in glasses, and that I always ride in my glasses. She trotted very well around the arena multiple times without stopping. We worked through some trot poles, and she struggled a bit to keep Val going the first few times, but got very determined at the end. Her heel and leg were much better this week as she gets back into the swing of things after summer break. She did a great job of cleaning her tack without being asked after the ride.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather caught Badger and completely got her tack and tacked him all by herself today (again!). In her lesson, we talked about her downward transitions and how she needs to be solid in those before she can canter. She has a habit of just falling forward over the horse’s neck in the downward transition/to stop the horse instead of sitting and pulling on the reins (except when she is forced to). The other thing we worked hard on was sitting and looking up through her turns. While we’ve addressed this in the past, I made it very clear that for us to start working on harder skills like the canter, she can’t do that at all. We also worked on looking up over her jumps and keep ing her heels down as she lands, not just on take-off. Heather worked very hard today and did a great job of listening.


Kemp, Kaylee

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Huge continued improvement in lower leg. Big accomplishment to trot Val all the way around the ring today!!! Continuing to work on keeping eye up and not looking down at your horse.


Toussaint, Mackenzie

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Work on becoming more confident in the saddle! When you changed your attitude Micah moved forward much easier. Remember to ask for trot/canter with purpose instead of just going through the motions. Continue to work on following with your hands over the jump without moving your body too much over the smaller jumps.


Toussaint, Adeline

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Great attitude today. We will keep working on body position over the jumps. Keeping eye up and waiting with your body instead of pulling before the jump and looking down (which caused multiple refusals). Flat work was great today-Badger really moving forward in walk trot and canter.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working on balancing through walk/trot transitions off lead with Sophie.

Lesson Comments:

Emily had another very good lesson on Sophie in the little ring. Her balance was not quite as good as last time, so we focused on making sure her lower leg stayed strong and even and that she was really preparing for gait changes before Sophie made them. The neck reining is very good for Emily, because it is forcing her to keep the reins loose and not use her hands for balance, but instead focus strongly on her legs for lateral movements. It will be interesting to see if that can carry over the next times she rides a horse that needs more contact with the reins.


Ewing, Grant

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Grant had a fantastic first lesson back after the summer off! His focus was on point, he worked very hard and had not forgotten his steering skills. Despite not having as much strength as he did in May, he was sitting up straight and tall with his heels down with only one or two verbal reminders. While he asked a few questions, they were very appropriate, and we did not have to refocus his attention. We warmed up in the big arena, then ended off lead (steering by himself with no leader) in the little arena. In the little arena, Grant’s focus was incredibly good, and he steered Bunny by himself and did a sit trot by himself. While he did get frustrated at some of Bunny’s behaviors, he listened very well and realized that he was causing them by pulling on her mouth; he listened and corrected his position and was able to continue on with the lesson. I was so proud of him! I can’t wait to see how he will continue to improve this fall.


Bussell, Lucas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Lucas had a great ride with Dad today. He was able to show off his steering and wanted to take Dad out of the ring and around the farm. He had some good, independent steering choices (even thought the rest of us were confused at precisely where he was going!) and sat up very well. He did not want to ride by himself this week, but I do think some of that was because he was so happy to have his dad and brothers there. Can’t wait til next week.


Kemp, Kaylee

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Kaylee-great job on Val today! Your leg is getting much stronger and more consistent so you were able to get him trotting around the ring with much less effort than before. Continuing to work on bringing your leg underneath you and keeping heels down, especially over jumps!

Jill-looking good after a few years off! Worked today on Sophie getting comfortable with hands being carried out in front of you and keeping fingers closed around the reigns. Will keep working on fine tuning the lost skills from years off and keeping body more steady in the saddle. Using body and leg to control the horse more.


Langley, Michelle

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Rambo

Lesson Comments:

RED*

Great position keeping heels down and tall body with shoulders and hips aligned. Don’t be afraid to be more assertive during your rides and really make your horse know that you are in charge of all situations! Great posting when helped getting into the trot-continue to work on picking up the trot and holding it down the long side of the arena.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Lunge lesson on Bunny went well. Put on lunge to try and break the habit of using hands for balance. Did a pretty good job posting the trot and transitioning down to the walk without needing hands on horses neck or saddle. Continuing to keep in mind we need to focus on steady lower leg and stronger core for balance. Hands work independently. Jumped our first jump today! Awesome.


Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Turning unprompted 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob’s first lesson in the big ring went well. He focused and did a great job steering, not always waiting for me to prompt him first. He showed a good mix kinds of turns he made, some sharp, some wide, and alternating right and left. We were able to post up and down at the walk without loosing balance. Jacob’s speech was very good, as well, using mainly complete sentences with some prompting. We ended in the little ring, which he was very enthusiastic about, because he got to steer all by himself! I look forward to seeing Jacob regularly through the fall.


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Building core strength; steering the whole lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Always a pleasure to teach Kennedie. We did 12 sit-ups today in a row – very proud of her. Her balance was much improved since the last ride, and I didn’t have to give as many position reminders about looking up, particularly in the corners. We ended off lead in the little ring, and she found it a little more difficult to steer without the leader. We will continue to work off lead in the little ring through the fall and aim towards a transition to off lead int he big ring.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working on balancing through walk/trot transitions off lead with Sophie.

Lesson Comments:

I had Emily ride Sophie for the first time today, and it was a wonderful match! Sophie’s Western pleasure background and amazingly smooth trot meant that Emily was able to walk and trot her off lead in the little ring. As long as Emily pays attention to her body position when she asks for the trot, Sophie goes right into a lovely little jog for her. At the end of the lesson, she trotted all the way around the ring without stopping with just a spotter. I was so proud of her! Emily and Sophie as a pair gives us a lot to build on.


Hunsberger, Tori

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Fatigued

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding whole lesson off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Regaining strength after surgery; riding a full half hour with only a thigh hold for support.

Lesson Comments:

Continuing to work with Tori on building her strength up. She worked hard today and we were able to do a bit more steering and ride for longer than her previous lesson. We had to support her back strongly as we walked back to the barn once her fatigue hit. She did discover that as she gets more tired, it helps to hold mane instead of the saddle horn to help pull herself forward. Need to see if a snug grab strap would be useful. She was able to do more steering than last week.


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Riding a full half hour on BonBon; turning without prompting 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was great in his lesson today; mom said it was a drastic change in his attitude at the barn versus at home. His turning was very good and we had a nice little trek through the woods to try and beat the heat. His verbal skills improve every week, and we are trying to continue to encourage him to engage verbally. Loving the jumps as always, but for the first time identified something as too high for BonBon after he asked about jumping it, then pointed out a crossrail and said that she could jump that. Very proud of him!


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Abby had a very good lesson after a few weeks off. Her leg was very strong, and she kept her heels down the whole ride. We had a little bit of a struggle with Micah at the gate and when initially tracking left, as she was leaning forward and taking her leg off. After talking though, she was able to correct her position and successfully ride Micah past his trouble spots. Her attitude was fantastic, and she and Michaela seemed to get along well; Abby is more advanced than Michaela and a good role model, particularly in the way she approaches a difficult situation – Abby telling Michaela that Val was hard but rideable was a big help!


Wallace, Haley

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Really wanted to lean back today and push foot out in front. Worked on “leaning forward” (straight) and bringing heel back. Had a great couple of laps before the rain got us! Continuing to work on diagonals and going back to “up, down, up, down….” once we have changed with “sit, sit, up”


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

It was great to see Britt back after summer break! She was impressed with all the changes around the barn since she’s been gone. She was a bit nervous to ride in the new ring, but by the end of the lesson and after Poppy and I both reassured her, she was much more comfortable. Britt and Val both had to work a little harder since the new arena is twice the size of the old one! Our main focus today was on getting back in the swing of things and reminders about proper positioning of heels and leg, etc. She did a great job.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather rode well today; she was excited to be back in school and excited that she might see Brittany or Mrs. Cole at her lessons. She did a great job tacking up by herself. We worked primarily on the flat and ended with a little bit of jumping. While she was mostly listening today, she had a few moments where she tried to do something I had not asked her to do. She had another little canter step in front of the jump, so she was thrilled with that. Overall a good lesson, continuing with the consistency I have seen in the past few lessons. Again, our big picture focus was on looking up on the straight away for steering and looking up in our corners for balance, as well as looking up over the jumps.


Rose, Hannah Grace

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Great job riding Bunny today! Handled steering challenges with calm determination and got Bunny walking around the ring. Worked on the lunge line without reins practicing balance using lower leg and core. Returned to rail and was able to get Bunny trotting on her own straight down the short side of the ring.


latham, Haley

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Although you felt how important the body being relaxed is when you are riding, when something happens and you have to adapt and change your plan, you immediately freeze and revert back to the bad habit. You need to settle and think before you react. You are to quick to place blame on the horse instead of reflecting on your own actions. I know the lesson was hard, but meaningful. Hopefully, you can use this experience to build on for better balance on the horse and in life.


Saunders, Sarah

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Big

Lesson Comments:

Overall good lessons. Definitely seeing improvement in his frame and how BIG travels on the flat. Continue to revert back to your body for balance and not your hand. Struggled a little today incorporating the softening of your hand while leaning away maintaining a hold with your leg. Continue to sequence your aids so we can figure out whether is it ignorance or blocking behavior when he reacts opposite of what we want.

P.


Barry, Stephanie

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Equitation: shoulders, shoulders, shoulders! 🙂 You really need to focus in lifting and looking up.
I encourage you to shorten your reins a little and continue the soft contact to encourage her head to drop at the poll. she is moving better from behind and not just pulling herself. The gymnastics were good for your position. need to do them without reins.


Nicholls, Sharon

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Cyrus

Lesson Comments:

Goal for the lesson was to press through your knee and hang your heel then close your leg. noticed a huge difference in your hand today (with less picking)


Davis, Priscilla

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Hooper

Lesson Comments:

Loved the eye closing. You really are trusting him and trying to follow. it is really paying off because you can see how much he listens to you.
Recommendation: gymnastics 🙂
P.


Doby, Ella

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Need to keep working on your leg staying back at the trot! Great position at the walk, going to continue getting stronger once we start posting. Much better after sitting the trot with no stirrups to really feel that leg come back against his belly and hold in place.


Broy, Mairi

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Great attitude today! Checked off a few of her “Path Finder” checkpoints. Working on sitting up and not touching the saddle-you don’t need it!!! Balance and rhythm is there, trust yourself!


Shaunak, Alexa

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Keep working on your leg. Need to keep balance and meet challenges with a better attitude! Keep pushing yourself and don’t give up. Everything will come back together in time.


Olney, Rachel

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Great lesson today. Working on no stirrup definitely helped you recognize balance issue from right/left side. The gag was effective for you today and helps you feel what you need to achieve with a snaffle, hand and leg. Greater confidence exhibited today.


Atkins, Susan

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Great lesson on Freya today. Continued to work on using direct rein w/indirect rein for corners and circles. I know you like to research direct and indirect rein with George Morris. He is our go to guy for Equitation and position basics.

P.


Nicholls, Sharon

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Cyrus

Lesson Comments:

“The horse has to come from behind, just like everything in riding. Very few riders nowadays ride from the leg anymore. You’ll see that most hunter/jumper horses are leg-ridden very little; people slap on the draw reins and off they go, doing nothing constructive for the horse.” George Morris.

This is what your current goal is for you with Cyrus. You were very effective today adding leg and pushing him our in front of you. It showed in your jumping today.

Good job.

P.


Fahhoum, Rejina

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Gidget

Lesson Comments:

You finished with some good jumps today. Your frustration with your position will work out. I would like to do some no stirrup work this week and I encourage you to read the info below. I have some ideas. While your on break, maybe we can do some extra lessons and have a little boot camp. Some longer lessons and different horses with some exercises similar to below. Let me know your thoughts.

Nothing In Excess (George Morris notes and quotes)

The next exercise was a combination that consisted of four jumps: a vertical two strides to a vertical, one stride to another vertical, three strides to an oxer.
Morris called attention to position and seat once again as he watched Bowers Cone (Roy) and Lucas Porter (Georgia), and others, duck over the jumps.
To demonstrate the look and feel he wanted to see in the combination, Morris borrowed Carly Williams’ mount Apollo’s Mission to jump the fences in both directions.
“There’s very little position change needed when jumping,” he explained. “Watch how my hip angle opens as little as possible. There’s so much excess motion in your upper body. Keep it quiet; your upper body does nothing to help the horse jump.” As Porter first went through the combination, Morris addressed the young rider’s habit of working too hard to get Georgia through the combination. “Don’t think you need to lift that mare over jumps,” said Morris. “Just set the pace and let her jump the jumps. You’re overprotective. Just set her up for success. It’s all about self-carriage [for the horse]. Let the horse teach itself as much as possible. Let them rub; let them learn.” With a bit of tutelage, Porter was able to quiet his upper body to where his line was smoother and more fluid. “Lucas, you see how effortless this position is for jumping—how effortless this position is for the horse as she’s jumping,” Morris commented when Porter heeded his advice.


Davis, Priscilla

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Hooper

Lesson Comments:

“It leads to physical improvement, mental improvement and emotional improvement, and you have obedience. No matter if you go to a cross-rail, an oxer, a combination, or water—the horse is ready to listen. And this isn’t new! This is a very ancient method of training with horses. The horse has to be well ridden, not with all these tricks and gimmicks.” George Morris

I have been quoting George Morris in a lot of my lesson notes this evening – 🙂 You have a great feel, leg and seat. When you believe in yourself and stay confident your ride is always better 🙂
Good lesson today. More gymnastics in your future.

P.


mangiante, Will

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Other – quite, but talking

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Independent steering 50% of ride. Building up core strength to post rhythmically at the walk without holding onto the saddle.

Lesson Comments:

Will rode very well today. He did seem a bit concerned about the saddle (we used the wrong saddle last time, and it hit his pelvis uncomfortably while he was trotting), but once he realized that the saddle was not the same one, he was fine. Jadyn was riding BonBon while Will was riding, and he was able to identify BonBon and differentiate her from Bunny, as well as say hi to both Jadyn and BonBon. I was able to use Jadyn as a peer rider, to demonstrate posting at the walk and demonstrate two-point (jumping position) at the halt and walking over the cavaletti. After he say Jadyn do both of those things, Will was much more enthusiastic. We walked over the cavaletti about six times, and Will attempted to bring his hands forward on Bunny’s neck and stand up out of the saddle each time, with physical and verbal prompting, with less prompting each time. He sat up very well when trotting, remembering to look up, and at the end of the lesson completed about three turns with only verbal prompting and several turns where he chose to turn Bunny without physical or verbal prompting. He said hi/spoke to about 5 horse and rider pairs, in addition to a few parents on the side of the arena. When given a choice between jumping or trotting after learning the two-point, he chose jumping each time.


Catalina, Mahlon

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

overall, achieved lesson goal. My goal for Mahlon was to have a god attitude when dealing with change. She likes/loves Red, but Red masks a lot that Mahlon needs to work on. Specifically, but not limited to, lower leg/foot being on the horse and soften of the arm and hand toward horses’s ears and mouth while lifting breast bone and leaning back. Need to set a good meeting time to meet with you to set riding goals and talk about my expectations for Mahlon. A quiet time not on a lesson day would be great. Thanks!


Nelson, Grace

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Big

Lesson Comments:

Good lesson. current goal is settling hips, adding leg while trying not to drive the horse forward and consistency through the entire lesson.


Vignery, Jadyn

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Great lesson today. continued to work on lower leg being on, eyes being up over jumps, keeping bonbon going while not rolling to our toe. Bonbon loves some Jadyn


Ford, Zana

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Cyrus

Lesson Comments:

Great progress today. Connecting the leg support with seat and shoulder. Breathing, relaxing through the heal with leg on and eyes being up are still the main goals coming into the schooling show. Worked on the courtesy circle and 4 jump pattern. Really proud of you today Zana- Poppy


Kirk, Emily

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Little Rhett
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Working with straightness on Little; fine-tuning leg aids.

Lesson Comments:

Emily and Little work very well together. Need to work no patterns/lateral movements, because although he is very well behaved, he does get a little bored just walking. Working our way up to basics of collection. Little is learning to pace himself with a leader, and Emily is trying to help that by using her body to rate his speed and legs to balance. At the end of the lesson, she was getting him very well into her corners and moving off the leg. Need to work on leading from the off side and pole work on the ground so he is more repsonsive to the leader.


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Building core strength; steering the whole lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie worked very hard today. We worked on staying upright in the corners and keeping balanced by lifting up through the chest and looking around the corners. We did 5 sit-ups in a row and were able to ride almost the whole lesson without stopping. Want to ride in the little ring next time, so Kennedie can practice steering off lead.


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather rode and listened very well today in the new arena. She was very cognizant of where the other riders were and stayed on the rail the entire lesson. We trotted and jumped the cavaletti, and Badger put in a few canter steps. While she was thrown forward on her toe, she regained her balance and was able to keep trotting. We talked about how if the horse does canter, she needs to puch her heels down and sit up to keep cantering. This is a concept we will be revisiting. 🙂 Overall , she had a very good lesson, and use her leg correctly, remembering to look up and steer. She did not need a crop to make Badger go and was very proud of that.


Kennedy, Shannon

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Big

Lesson Comments:

Great lesson on Big! Really need to work on developing a deeper yet softer seat so that you can sit back and hold the horse together without pushing him for a faster gait. Pulling shoulder blades back together for better posture and again, helping you from getting in front of the vertical and making your horse unbalanced. Great job keeping your hands soft and challenging yourself to use more of your body!


Blake, Natalie

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Great first lesson back! Will be working on getting your leg stronger and keeping your body back. Once we can get your balance back you’ll be able to hold the trot all the way around the ring!


Blake, Natalie

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Great first lesson back! We will be working on keeping your heel down and underneath you so that you’re able to keep the rhythm at the trot and ride straight! Eyes need to find a focal point and hands need to stay down at the trot-will get better quickly the more you’re back in the saddle!


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly had a great first ride back after riding irregularly over the summer. She has turned 4, and her leg has grown as well; she was more engaged with riding and wanting to do more in the saddle. She seemed to enjoy having Vivi lead BonBon. She enjoyed “flying” like a bird, and asked to post and/or “fly” while counting to 20 several times, after I had suggested a lower number. I look forward to building her skillset through the fall.


Brandt, Campbell

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Worked on getting BonBon to trot on her own. Strengthening leg and keeping it underneath her body will help keep balance and press BonBon forward to continue trotting. Listened great and was the first person to ride in the new “mini” arena!


Doby, Ella

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Working hard keeping heel down and underneath the body to pick up the trot and continue trotting. Great form two-point and posting at the walk, continuing to work on keeping that when we start trotting. Keeping rhythm at the trot is improving!


Mathis, Amelia

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Little Rhett

Lesson Comments:

Red* Great improvement today! Jumping two cavelettis working on keeping the leg on to the base, over, and after the jump. Body staying up tall and recovering after the jump to a solid posting trot. Making sure hands stay on the neck over the jump and have a solid resting place so they don’t get “busy”. Keeping those shoulders even and back at all gaits-getting better!


Toussaint, Adeline

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Great job getting Val moving forward! Will be working on keeping heel underneath yourself for balance…especially over the jump and in down transitions. Getting better at staying tall while bending at the hip over the jump to stay soft and follow the horse.


Toussaint, Mackenzie

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Great lower leg-very steady. Needs to work on squeezing a bit more for support and relaxing through the body and hand to keep the horse out in front of you. Staying tall to the jumps and not leaning, especially when cantering out of the line.


Servello, Whitney

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Need to work on steering with the leg and not so rough with bending the horses neck with too much hand. Great job on the lunge line staying balanced with hands on hips, airplane, and head. Continue to work on keeping the lower leg steady and against the horses belly with heals down and feet staying solid in the stirrups.


Kemp, Kaylee

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Big improvement keeping heels down all the way around the ring at the walk and trot! Continue working on keeping eyes up looking out in front of you where you want the horse to go. Jumped small cavalettis working on posting to two-point transition while keeping form in lower leg and tall with upper body.


Wallace, Haley

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

So excited Haley was so excited! Incredible job listening to instruction and following new directions and concepts. Introduced checking diagonals and picked it up right away. Work on going back to posting after changing diagonal with “down, down, up” and not continuing that pattern.


Rose, Hannah Grace

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Great posting at the trot today! Continuing to develop lower leg and ability to stay straight at the walk and trot. Worked over a pole at the trot and on the transition from posting to two-point and back. Kept the posting rhythm at the trot much better today!


Irwin, Izzy

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Good job riding a new horse! Need to work on staying tall for canter transitions and not leaning forward to ask. Keeping both legs on during all transitions and up to jumps to keep Sophie straight and forward. Making sure you are always riding to the base of the jump and not leaning ahead before horses feet leave the ground.


Garland, Kristine

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Accomplished a lot today! Great work at the canter-work on trusting yourself and not thinking too much before moving on to a new task. Continuing to push Monty out in front of your leg increasing energy at the trot. Solid over small Xs today and great improvement not leaning before the jump 🙂


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Responded well to simple corrections to form. Needs to work on staying taller at the two point without standing up and keeping leg under her with heels down as she posts at the walk and trot.

PRIVATE


McDaniel, Park

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Riding off lead while maintains balance and control at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Park was in a great mood this morning despite the hot weather. We had less flirting with the other riders. His balance was very good, so we went off lead for most of the lesson and focused on completing a pattern over the cavaletti, with minor position corrections thrown in. He responded much better to balance and position corrections while doing the pattern as opposed to working on them at the halt or walk. Had a few times where he walked around the pole and over it; he was able to verbalized to me the correction he needed to make and then do it,


Kirk, Emily

Time: Evening

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining proper steering through patterns. Going back and reviewing work on leg yields and collection at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode Rambo today. We worked on a modified barrel pattern and keeping Rambo on a bend through the small circle instead of falling in. After two or three circles, she was able to successfully keep him out on the circle. She had to remember to keep her hands level and her inside leg on. We had a new volunteer, who was asking about what we were doing, and Emily was able to demonstrate bad turns and good turns, bending, and leg yield so the new volunteer could see the body mechanics.


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Evening

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue steering on his own.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas steered incredibly well tonight! He was riding Micah, so got tired a bit more quickly. Was steering in the ring around almost every corner and holding the reins himself. About halfway through the lesson, he wanted to take Micah to the gate, so we went trail riding again, and another rider joined us, which Lucas seemed to like. Micah was really moving quickly and using his hind end, so Lucas got quite the workout!


Fant, Lynze

Time: Evening

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Balancing through 100% of corners.

Lesson Comments:

Lynne started off very tight in er legs, so we ride with no stirrups to encourage maximum movement. As is typical, she started out off balance and slumping and was having trouble sitting up through her corners and leaning too far back as she went through a halt walk transition. As she progressed, she was able to be much straighter and stronger. Rode with no leader, just spotter.


Norowski, Jill

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Great job switching to a new horse today! Continue working on keeping heels down and encouraging Badger forward with leg. “Up/Squeeze” – squeezing when you sit to keep leg on and horse trotting.


Fields, Ann

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Great first lesson back in the saddle! We’ll continue to work on feeling comfortable in the saddle and working independently without a leader. Excellent position for not being in the saddle for so many years.


Boswell, Nicholas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Nick had a great lesson on Sunday! He put his helmet on with no complaint, and he even helped to buckle it. We worked more on balance than steering today; we were able to walk a little further away and let him work on marinating his balance and staying in the center of the saddle. He self corrected several times when he tilted one way or the other, which he has not done before. He also maintained good balance over rough terrain, up and down hills. Very proud of his progess! Next lesson, I plan to work more on steering.


Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Turning unprompted 50% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was back after a long break. We were less focused on the ground, but very focused in the saddle. He knew where he wanted to steer and go and took great initiative to have a plan and take Moose where he wanted to go – no random wandering, he had distinct destinations in mind and a plan to get there.


Cantrell, Liam

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Liam had a good lesson today; started off a bit of complaining, then relaxed when we trotted. Very alert and interactive with volunteers.


mangiante, Will

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Will had a great lesson today! Saw some completely unprompted steering and was very clear in where he wanted to take BonBon. Did great trotting (wore his sidewalkers out!).


Van Cleave, Shannon

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Shannon had a good lesson today on Moose; we spent pretty much the entire lesson out of the ring because of heat. Stopped a little bit early because of heat. Her hips stayed very straight through the whole ride, and she was turning very well.


Garland, Kristine

Instructor: Sarah

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Worked a lot at the trot and using aids to break up the horses body over cavalettis. Great work using leg to move through the rib cage and create a bend. Continuing to think about your hands (without thinking about your hands) moving forward and staying flexible with the horses movement.


Snyder, Seth

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Moose

Lesson Comments:

Seth’s first lesson went very well! He paid attention to instructions, and Moose liked him. He had great body control on the horse and was able to hold the reins while we trotted at the end of the lesson (most people don’t do that their first lesson because their balance is not good enough). I think that as long as Seth wants to ride and works hard at it, he will be able to do whatever he wants with the horse.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Abby started off great in her lesson; she really rides Micah the best. Was having some trouble planning ahead for her steering when there was no fence to guide her (riding in the paddock). We had to stop a few minutes early because she got too hot. Her leg has improved so much – it is not moving at all when she posts the trot.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining proper steering through patterns. Going back and reviewing work on leg yields and collection at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode Rambo after helping at camp today. Had the ring to ourselves, so we were able to do some more pattern work on a looser rein. Reviewed hand position for leg yields (not turning left hand over when turning).


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Evening

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue steering on his own.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas rode Badger tonight; enjoyed being in the ring with Stacie but was a little out of sorts. Very emphatically wanted to ride outside the ring, so we walked around the barn, out front, etc. He balanced very well through the uneven ground and very much enjoyed our trail ride.


McDaniel, Park

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Disrespectful

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Posture and leg position 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Park rode today for the first time in awhile. Likes steering, etc., but does not like balancing/position exercises. Likes to flirt with the girls in a manner approaching uncomfortable; we had a talk about it. Need to focus on active exercises to keep his mind engaged when riding.


Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had a great first lesson back. So much had changed around the barn that she seemed to take a change in order in which we did things very well. Mom said she is als ogetting more flexible t home. Very good steering and body control while riding. Rode partly on ur own, then finished riding iwith the campers, which she seemed to like very much.


Kirk, Emily

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining proper steering through patterns. Going back and reviewing work on leg yields and collection at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Emily ride well this morning. There were other lessons, so we weren’t able to go off lead. We stretched a by more at the end than normal. Need to remember to stretch for warm-up. Worked on keeping Rambo on the rail instead of cutting his corners.


Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather trotted well today; had to be reminded that she did not need the shorten her reins on Micah. She was listening and looking up while she trotted. We did a cross rail 5 or 6 times; she looked up twice and looked down the other times. Oddly, she has both heels down in two point in the flat, but only one stays down over the jump, regardless if she’s looking up or down. I need to keep reminding her about her heels, and watch her balance while jumping to figure out why that heels is popping up.


Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Abby had a fantastic lesson on Micah. We warmed up once or twice walking around in two-point, then she went straight to trotting, with no crop, and trotted multiple times around the arena without stopping. Her leg stayed on, her heel was down, and she was looking up. We were able to jump a crossrail multiple times, and her two-point was solid and consistent. Very good for having three or four weeks off!


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Stressed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue steering on his own.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was a bit cranky today, but he perked up when Stacie and Mandy came in the arena. He was very emphatic about wanting to steer outside the arena, so we went on a rail ride, which he loved. Back in the arena, he steered himself around several corners, picking up his reins himself and holding til Micah got all the way around the corner.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather had to focus on steering today; she was riding while an adult/several hackers were riding, and I told her she couldn’t trot/jump until she was looking up the entire way around the arena. She is looking down a lot, particularly in her corners, and thus cutting them off in front of people. By the end of the lesson, she had looked up trotting all the way around.


Kirk , Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

INdependent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Refining reining skills.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode Rambo; we worked in preciseness in steering. Once she was warmed up, we focused on making sure her outside rein was an opening rein, and that when she needed to turn, her inside rein was opening to actually turn Rambo’s head, instead of pulling straight back.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Tara trotted Badger around the ring 4 or 5 times today. She was able to et her heel down much better this week; still working on pulling her leg back. We attempted a bit of two point at the trot; a few more weeks of that, and we should be able to start trotting over poles. She started off very quiet, but livened up as she started trotting. There were other people hacking in the ring, and Tara was able to plan around them and stay out of their way, even while trotting. I was also able to give directions from across the ring (including things like shorten your reins and fix your stirrup/ of foot), and Tara was able to listen, process, and do them without me being right next to her. Very proud!


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

We continued working on balance and steering. Noah is very good at observing things – saw a frog on the ground that bunny was about to step on, so we had to catch the frog and take it to a safe place. He loves riding outside the ring and “jumping” in the ring. His steering was very good, and had several unprompted turns. Needing to remember to continue to change it up – one activity for too long and he gets bored.


Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Transitioning from lunge to independent trotting, keeping leg and heel in place 100% on lunge and %50 off lunge

Lesson Comments:

It was good to see Ari back after a break! Her heel and leg was very good going right on the lunge; able to transition from two-point to posting and retain her leg position with heel down. Going left is much more of a struggle. She can hold it with concentration at the two-point, but can’t transition to posting. Trotted off the lunge at the end and did a very good job keeping heels down!


Boswell, Nicholas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Nick had a fantastic lesson today! He buckled the helmet on his head and rode for 20 minutes where he focused and steered. He was able to make some great left/right choices and steered by himself 3 or 4 times. He maintained his balance while trotting, and just seemed to have a really good time in general. Very proud of him.


Cantrell, Liam

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Content, Anxious

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

Liam had a good ride; only one hair grab that dad caught. We trotted quite a bit. Liam was happy to ride with other people in the ring – lots of watching. He protested when we left the ring, but a bit of trotting on the driveway and going to see the cows, and he was fine. Stretched very easily. Need to use bareback pad next lesson.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 25% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon steered very well today; She was a bit tired and not talkative at first – after mom told us that she stayed up late watching a new movie with friends, she perked up and told us about it. We did lots of singing, and Shannon sang along with us. Her turns were very good. None completely unprompted, but several while we were walking. We kept an eye on her hip alignment, and attempted to stand up in the stirrups at the end of the ride, but she said it hurt. She was able to ride with her feet in the stirrups the whole lesson.


mangiante, Will

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Will had a very good lesson today! We rode the full half hour, and he was engaged the full time. Not as talkative as his last lesson, he was nevertheless able to make some very good choices (option between walking/trotting, left/right, etc.). At the end of the lesson, after trotting 6 or 7 times the length of the arena, he said, spontaneously, “Please trot, Bunny.” His steering was well done, with two completely unprompted turns and several unprompted halts.


Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Riding a full half hour on BonBon; turning without prompting 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob was very attentive today. He was able to make some good choices while riding (where to go, when to turn, etc) and loved riding in the ring with the big kids/watching them jump. Very talkative. Rode the entire half hour and had several unprompted turns.


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Other – frustrated

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Today Heather’s lower leg just could not stay on Val. We did a lot of two point, and she would fix it, then it would pop right back out of position while trotting. She was fixated on needing a crop, and focused on that instead of putting her leg in the correct place. When I did give her a crop her last time around, she never used it, but instead used her leg … And Val trotted


Fant, Lynze

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Working on balance and planning.

Lesson Comments:

Lynze had her first ride back with us since winter break (visiting Dad for summer break). She was on Val, and with the heat, he was very, very slow, which she was not too happy about. Will try to put her on horse with a little more go next time. Very tight in her legs, but had stretched considerably at the end of the lesson. Falling forward and backward minimally when horse stopped/started, hope to have that corrected by the time she leaves at the end of the summer.


Kirk , Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Sad

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

INdependent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Refining reining skills.

Lesson Comments:

Emily had her last lesson on Teddy before he left for Jackson. She rode very, very well. It took her several minutes to readjust to riding him instead of Rambo, but she was able to ask him to collect up nicely and do some good bending and leg yields. He responds to her leg much better than Rambo does, and she was riding very proactively since it was her last ride on Teddy.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Tara trotted Badger around the ring for the first time by herself! There was no one in the ring, so we were able to take our time and have some steering errors that she was able to resolve herself. I was also able to stand in the middle of the ring and give her directions from their, and see if she could process them without me being next to her. We had a bit of confusion at first (trying to direct her to go the the bench and get some water for herself and go to the trough and get some water for Badger) – she took a minute to realize that she had to turn Badger. We talked about pointing his ears where she wanted to go, and he listened much better. Once she figured out how to listen to me in the middle of the ring, she was able to trot around all by herself, and figured out how to steer while trotting pretty quickly.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Noah rode well today! He wanted to ride out of the ring into the “deep, dark, woods” and kept wanting to find a witch. 🙂 He kept his balance very well over the varied terrain. Back in the ring, we did some pole patterns and practiced posting at the halt with no hands and posting at the wall with hands.


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina rode well today; continued to work on not turning her hand over when steering. We did a lot of balancing (counted to 30 in 2-pt. with our arms like airplane) and posting at the walk. She said she didn’t want to trot at first, but once she did, she enjoyed herself. She steered with minimal prompting to the cows and remembered to hold her reins the majority of the ride. Posting at the walk is still hard for her, and we need to continue building her strength while having fun. She is driven to do anything her sisters are doing and show off for them, so anytime they are riding while she is riding, I can push her to do a bit more.


Kirk , Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

INdependent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Refining reining skills.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode Rambo; we worked in preciseness in steering. Once she was warmed up, we focused on making sure her outside rein was an opening rein, and that when she needed to turn, her inside rein was opening to actually turn Rambo’s head, instead of pulling straight back.


McLellan, Mary

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Murphy

Lesson Comments:

I am so grateful you guys picked Trinity Farm for your barn home while you were in Memphis. Mary’s love for horses is endearing and shows through her commitment to work through barriers in concentration and balancing emotions.

Basics skills Mary needs to continue to work on are the following:
1) lower leg on with toe in
2) lightening up her seat to better utilize her lower leg and heel depth
3) planning skills and monitoring her own frustration level when the horse does not respond quickly or appropriately

current jumping level 2″ course, 2’3″ singles. Has not issue with speed but is challenged when seat and leg are necessary to settle.

Poppy Doyle
901-483-2705
pdoyle@trinityfarmtn.com


Cumming, Lilly

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly was back after several weeks off of lessons. I decided to use the arrack pad, to be able to do different exercises and work on strengthening her core muscles. BonBon was muddy as we got ready, and Lilly stayed engaged while brushing, because she could see the mud coming off of BonBon while she brushed. Lilly did great in the bareback pad. It was much harder for her to balance in the bareback pad than the saddle; she was having to balance herself instead of using the saddle for balance. We were able to do about 10 sit ups (2 sets of 5). She struggled to lie down and sit up easily. When sitting up, her right leg kept popping up above the pad, so her mom assisted in helping her keep it down. On the last few sit ups, she was using her core much better, keeping her leg down, and pulling less on my hands to sit up. While turning, it was much harder for her to keep her upper body balanced – as she pulled the reins, her upper body would tilt the way she turned. She rode for a good amount of time today and helped hose off BonBon after.


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Evening

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy, Calm

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue steering on his own.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was awesome tonight! He rode Micah with his mom the whole ride. Interacted very well with new sidewalker. Steered 100% of the ride, with verb and physical prompting. Started off each direction needing Micah to stop while he turned and ended turning each direction while Micah continued walking slowly. When traveling left, held the left rein almost 100% of the ride. Had to be prompted to hold the right rein while riding. Started turning on both sides needing help holding reins/pulling Micah’s head, but ended up pulling Micah’s head all by himself. Needed assistance keeping fingers closed on right hand.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Tara began unfocused and unresponsive, but ended up listening very well. The ring was empty, so I used the opportunity to practice giving her instructions while in the middle or far side of the ring. She started off not being able to process directions or needing multiple reminders at the walk (mainly directional cues). At the end of the lesson, she was able to focus on simple directions while trotting (mainly body cue reminders). She did almost try and make Badger walk over the coop, so I need to remember to clearly delineate her path and make sure she understands it – she didn’t realize that the coop was bigger than the other cross rails we had walked over, and Badger could not walk over it. She trotted the long sides of the arena while posting and walked the short sides multiple times. The first day that she wa able to trot and steer at the same time!


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Noah rode BonBon today. Continued our steering work and posting at the walk/two point. Because of the heat we decided to go on an adventure; Noah continues to astound me with his observational skills. We walked to the new arenas and back to the old arena. Noah very much wanted to walk in the woods! Pole work/walking over jumps when we got back in the ring. Continuing to build his muscle strength. Would love to be able to post trot by the end of the fall. Need to use bareback pad for balance and work on independent steering with Badger – BonBon does not listen to his legs yet.


Harle, Jacob

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

I had planned for Jacob to ride Bunny and prepared for him to be disconcerted, but mom had actually talked about riding Bunny at home and he was very excited! For having a month off, Jacob remembered everything, including holding the reins and turning. He went to the Grand Prix and suddenly wanted to jump every jump in the arena, even the big ones! Continuing to build his strength and confidence and ensuring he has fun are my top priorities right now.


Cantrell, Liam

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

Liam was in much better shape this lesson. Protesting a bit at first, but got some good input trotting and started to enjoy himself. Only had one hair grab. He was much, much looser after being so tight last week from not having ridden. Wanted to stay in the ring and watch the other riders.


mangiante, Will

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Will had a great third lesson. We were in the routine of brushing before and taking care of BonBon after, so were able to stay focused for a much longer period. He rode for over 20 minutes and did a combination of trotting, steering, and balancing work. Need to remember to ride in a bareback pad for strength building.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Alert, Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 25% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon had a good lesson today after several weeks off. We were able to use stirrups without complaint. Her turns were good, several unprompted. We were able to get some good ring work done before seeing the cows, and Shannon got to hear the national anthem twice. I hope to start working again on standing up and balancing. Was careful to use the sidewalker to help keep her hips aligned and using circles to keep her hips aligned.


Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Britt’s last lesson for a few weeks. Despite the heat, she trotted the best she had in several weeks – kept Val going downhill twice and trotted for about 10-15 minutes total. Stayed focused despite construction work and heat. Kept her heels down. Good lesson to end with before vacation!


Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

after being out a week because of camp, Sabrina had a very good lesson. Roght now I am focused on making it fun with just enough difficulty. We practiced making our post down soft and gentle (using our tummy muscles), along with not turning our hand out while steering.


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Happy, Upset

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Balancing while throwing ball at the walk without mom holding on to waist.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas had a good lesson. He indicated that he was ready to ride by himself very shortly after getting on Micah. Much better mood than last lesson. Because Micah is wider and his step egret, Lucas fatigues mug more quickly in him. He was all done after 2 times around the ring by himself and didn’t really want to steer. It was also hotter than it had been. I loved that he asked to ride by himself! We do have to try and balance the fatigue with the independence. Mom showed us how he is starting to take steps in therapy!


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

he ring was crowded, and it was very hot, so we spent time in and out of the ring to cool off. We practiced body position while circling in the field. Tara had to practice using her head, leg, and hand together to keep Badger in an even circle around me. We posted trot in the ring on lead; plan to trot off lead on Badger next time. Still working on steering while trotting/multitasking.


Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

oah rode Badger, and we spent much of the lesson in and out of the ring due to heat. Continued work on steering/posting/two point. Took several trotting breaks in the arena and used the other riders to talk about body position, gaits, etc. Tried to introduce concept of bending his knee and heels down to keep his feet in the stirrups – he seemed to understand, so we need to continue the repetition. Loves the trotting! Really likes going out of the ring, as well.


O’Quin, Emma-Davis

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Great job trotting Bunny around the ring! Really listened to instruction. Applied hand and leg together to create a forward and consistent motion on the horse.


O’Quin, Mary-Alan

Instructor: Sarah

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Needs work communicating with both hand and leg together. Great improvement in posting. Will continue to work on using leg to direct the horse.


Hunsberger, Tori

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Sad

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding whole lesson off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Supporting Tori in the way easiest for her and sidewalkers, hoping to let her ride until surgery for scoliosis in June.

Lesson Comments:

Tori’s last lesson before surgery. I let her ride Mocah off lead, and she sat up pretty well. Dad sidewalked, so he was able to feel her lean. It was hit, so her stamina was down. She lasted as long as she could. We very much hope that surgery will do enough to correct the curvature that specs sit up by herself.


Cantrell, Liam

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Whiny

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

It was Liam’s first week back after several weeks off due to weather. He was in a bit of a grumpy mood today and very, very tight. Dad said he thinks it’s because he hasn’t been riding regularly. He loosened up by the end of the lesson and was more cooperative.


Boswell, Nicholas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Nick had a great lesson today! Larkin told him he needed to buckle his helmet, and so he indicated he would like it buckled and rode with it buckled! He did try to remove it once to itch his head, but ultimately decided he wanted to put it on to ride again. Wanted to dismount partway through to pet BonBon. One of the first times he has initiated contact with the horse. We were able to do a few stretches on the horse. He steered with physical prompting by me/his mom. Stopped BonBon as well. Gets frustrated when I put too much emphasis on form, so I need to remember to keep horse moving and reward the try as much as the “do.” Rode for a little over 20 min. Good progress


Barella, Heather

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Val
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather got completely tacked up by herself again. Camp is fostering her independence. She rode Val and trotted him around multiple times without stopping and without a crop – including downhill past the gate where he always likes to stop. I told her tag if she keeps up her riding like this over the summer and continues to listen and follow directions, she will be able to jump Val, and we may be able to canter in the fall.


Bussell, Lucas

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Alert, Upset

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue steering on his own.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas came on Tuesday because of the horse show. He came straight from swimming and was a bit cranky/tired when he got on. However, he perked up and was talking more than I had ever heard him talk, not just to sidewalkers, but to other riders as well. Not as interested in steering, but pointed emphatically to where he wanted to go. Finished in a much better mood than we began, but he was not in a “working” mood.


Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Moose
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 25% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon rode very well today. Moose started off in a bit off a mood, bc he shocked himself on the electric fence while being brought in from the paddock. Shannon had very good steering, turning Moose’s head while steering, but she did have to be reminded to shorten the rein. She picked between three different pole patterns and steered Moose to each one in turn. I let her choose which one she wanted each time, and she rotated us through each pattern in turn. We also did a three element pattern, and she was able to remember and steer us to each element in the pattern. Still a bit more tired than normal.

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Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Noah continues to be adorable! He rode Oliver very well. His steering is very good (when he is concentrating and not asking to trot!), and he has very good observation skills. He wanted his dad to ride, but said he was “too big” for Oliver. We need to continue building strength at the halt while posting/two-point to try to do those things at the walk. We attempted posting at the trot, but he did not have enough leg strength. He really enjoys riding and will continue to get better; I need to remember that he is very inquisitive and bright and keep challenging him mentally as well as physically.

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Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar rode well today; she was a bit distracted/on her own agenda during ring work, but over all she listened to directions and focused. We mounted in the cross tie area as our deviation from routine and compromised. I got her on, and she promptly dismounted. I told her that she would be mounting in the cross ties or there would be no riding; she very much wanted to mount from the mounting block, so we mounted in the cross ties, walked to the mounting block, dismounted and re-mounted. She listened to me this time and did not have a full blown fit; I like to think we are building some trust, but who knows. 🙂 She wanted to ride in the paddocks again but was content after I explained that we could not ride in them because the horses were turned out. When trotting, she also wanted to hold on to me, but after I demonstrated that BonBon would not trot while I was holding Dagmar’s hand, she trotted by herself.

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Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina had a very good ride today! She did not want to trot the way she usually does at the start of the lesson; 3/4 through, we realized she had to go to the bathroom – when she came back, she was happy to trot! Note to self for future lessons. I made sure to talk with mom and explain the specifics of what we were working on – hand turning out, building her core, etc. Sabrina was very happy that Grace was there to watch her, and because Grace is riding as well, she was able to encourage her. Grace came with us while we walked to the cows, and Sabrina took much more initiative in steering. We turned around a tree multiple times left and right, walking from me to Grace, and Sabrina loved that. When we walked by the tree on the way back to the ring, she asked to make a circle around it again! She did trot very well at the end of the lesson after she went to the bathroom.

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Barella, Heather

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather had another good lesson. There were more people in the ring, so we had a talk again about what the rail means and to not just go there halfway, or go there slowly. She trotted well, and jumped well. Continued to look up over the jump and started self correcting this time – she told me when she was looking up or looking down and was able to feel it! Good progress. They will be out of town next week.

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Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited, Distracted, Anxious

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

He still remembers the coloring sheets! I need to pull those before his next lesson and give them to his grandma. Grant was more distracted today. From the moment he got on the horse, he was asking to trot, asking questions, asking to do everything except what needed to happen. He had none of the mane twirling that he had last week. We did more balancing work today, which was frustrating for both of us, mores because of his distraction. I have to remember to take it one step at a time. He has very low body awareness, and that combined with his distraction, means that when you try to do a body correction, he nods and agrees when you ask him to change a body part, but then actually doesn’t know what to do or does not know how to apply what you said to his own body. He is also very weak through his core, and that makes posting, two-point, etc. much more difficult. We need to continue to work on building his strength so that the exercises are easier and continue to work on little bits and pieces at a time.

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Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby rode very well today! She and Angel ride together very well. We had several races, which motivated them to trot very quickly, and then finished up over the cavaletti. While Abby started off looking down and on her toe over the cavaletti, she finished up with some very strong trotting over it. Was able to keep her hands out of Badger’s mouth this week without a scrunch in his mane.

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Boswell, Nicholas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Nick continues to improve a little bit each lesson. It will be a long, slow process. He was much better with the helmet to day; let it be buckled for several seconds before trying to unbuckle it and did not protest it being on his head at all. Less happy staying on the horse, wanted to be done a bit quicker, but we did trot and steer. He is very opinionated! I think we can definitely improve his riding, but it will depend on how much his parents are willing to do for a little bit of slow progress each week. He was much more confident on the ground this week; we were interested in petting BonBon, and even though he was scared to go in the shed, he went in and petted BonBon and interacted with her. Must remember he is scared of dogs!!

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Eze, Obuma

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Riding off lead 100% of the lesson

Lesson Comments:

Obume rode well today. Off lead again for much of the lesson. He was very interested in the sounds that the horse’s hooves made while walking over the muddy areas. She did have to have a few position reminders, etc – It helped that Sarah was there, and he knew she was watching! We haven’t had to practice our frowns for awhile now – he consistently gets on the horse all smiles and gets to work without needing to be reassured.

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Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Stressed, Anxious

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had an interesting lesson today, since they were working on pulling downy he trees next to the arena. We mounted outside the arena, which she was not happy about! While we have been using routine to accustom her to what she needs to do to get the horse ready, etc, until the past few weeks, I had not realized how attached she was to the routine. We told her she had to mount outside the ring if she wanted to ride, and she could either be lifted up by mom, or climb the steps. She let mom lift her up. We rode back by the ditch and in the empty paddocks, which she really enjoyed. I think that when we complete trails and have more places to ride, Dagmar will really enjoy it. She did a lot of trotting, which is the first time she has done so much trotting on BonBon. And a lot of good steering, to maneuver BonBon to a place where she could trot. It was a very good lesson for Dagmar. Going forward, we will introduce at least one deviation from routine every week.

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Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina had a very good lesson. Her dad brought her, and she showed off for him a bit. We did a lot of steering and balancing; she is weak through her core, and did a very good job trying to post; we did it at the halt with hands/no hands and the walk hands/no hands. Walking is substantially harder for her than halt and no hands than hands. Very good at following directions. Have to remind her of how to steer when she mounts, but she remembers quickly. Wanting to turn in her hand when turning, so need to work on turning from elbow and keeping hand straight. Dad really enjoyed watching her ride.

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Barella, Heather

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Heather had a very good ride today! She completely tacked up the horse by herself – I did not even help with the bit. No one was in the ring with her, so her concentration was very good. We trotted a lot and were able to jump the majority of the lesson. Badger’s girth was a bit loose when we started jumping – he very kindly slowed down and did a teeny little hop over the jump. Not to self to remember to recheck girth before trotting/jumping, even though it has already been rechecked after riding around a bit! Heather was able to jump a line today, and it was a good continuation after last week. She would remember to look up after one jump and not the other, and inevitably, the one she looked down over would turn out not so well, while the one she looked up over did. So she was able to feel the difference.

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Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany ran into traffic on the way to the barn, so was late and not in a great mood. Did not want to trot at all and was not very interested in doing much else. We were able to do a few good exercises (poles, obstacle course, etc.), but we ended up taking it easy. She did get to shake someone’s hand, so was happy about that. I think she will try to come hack next week.

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Bussell, Lucas

Time: Evening

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas rode very well today! I had new songs to listen to (WeeSing dinosaur) and he did not want to listen to Frozen. Also tried to stop/start/fastforward the song all by himself while walking on Badger – good fine motor skills and core work! Tania walked around about 3/4 a lap before dismounting, and Lucas rode the rest of the time by himself. He still is hesitant to steer without mom – wonder if it’s related to balance, security – easier to steer when mom is supporting him. He did hold the reins and steer a few times, though. His balance and strength continue to improve! While he still signals all done after several laps, it is not because he is so tired he can’t hold himself up. I am confident that by the end of the summer, we will be able to ride a full 30 minutes without mom and just sidewalkers.

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Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

Grant had another good lesson. After the discipline talk with his grandmother last week, I am still watching him carefully, and being very firm to head off any kinds of physical exhibitions of internal frustration (she informed me that he pulled the hair of a girl at school). Our talk/work/talk/work plan continued to work well. He was able to focus during the work segments and relax during the non-work segments. We do have to go back every week and review the basics of steering/etc. He mounts and wants to go but doesn’t take the time to think it through. However, in the lesson, once he is reminded of the skills, we are usually able to pick up where we left off the week prior. We did more steering and following directions work today; need to do more balance work next week.

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Athow, Hannah

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through expected corners with minimal verbal prompting, 50%+ of ride. Looking for beginnings of spontaneous steering.

Lesson Comments:

Hanna had another very good ride today. Was steering very well and making good choices. She decided to turn on her own again; after we had completed a pattern that I initiated, she came off of the rail herself, and steered as she did last week (although less circles!). We also were able to do all of our ringwork without a lead rope. We focused a bi more on balancing exercises today, to continue to try and build up her core muscles. She did quite a few posts without any hands, as well as holding two-point while we count as high as we could go. She continued her good steering of last week to the cows. I was glad to see that she retained most of her independence that she had discovered the week prior. Hannah’s mom pulled me aside after the lesson and let me know that their adoption date got moved up, so they will likely be flying to China in the next two weeks, and Hannah may not be able to ride again before they leave.

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Cumming, Lilly

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for 1/2 of the lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 50% of the lesson. Stretching through heel to allow her to use her leg as much as possible.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly had a very good lesson today. Continued to have good verbal skills; did a lot of standing up, which did help her stretch through her right leg. We tried to work on stepping heel first as we walked to lead BonBon, get tack, etc. We made sure to brush with both hands while using different kinds of brushes. Her grip on the right rein was good today; she only dropped it and picked it up a few times. We did more standing up, posting, two-point, etc. Because Lilly does get bored/discouraged easily, it is important to remember to keep the harder balancing things to short spurts and intersperse with “fun” activities.

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Kirk, Emily

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining proper steering through patterns. Going back and reviewing work on leg yields and collection at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode very well today, in spite of lots of instruction going on. Rambo handled it well, until the end of the ride, when we had to dismount precipitously. Emily handled it like a champ, though. She was doing a very good job of steering; worked on getting Rambo’s haunches under him as much as we could and asking him to bend and leg yield. Still trying to focus on keep her thumbs and hands turned up instead of turning out and reminding her when/how to use opening rein vs indirect rein.

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Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Noah had another very good lesson. He remembered posting from the previous week and was able to post about halfway around the ring at the walk. After we reviewed two-point, he held it unprompted over the poles. He very much wants to trot, jump, etc. He also remembered without prompting to slide and pull the reins to turn. He was much braver when stretching and kept his balance easily. He asked several insightful questions about the horses/riding. Need to remember to do as much core-strengthening exercises at the walk as possible. Still not enough strength to attempt to post at trot.

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Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Moose
Mood: Excited, Fatigued

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Steering unprompted 25% of turns.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon was very happy to ride Moose again after three weeks off bc of wearing a boot on her leg. She got on and immediately started steering, which was great to see! We walked in the ring about three times, when she emphatically turned Moose towards the gate and vocalized when we tried to walk past it. We viewed the cows, then walked around the rind one more time. She started leaning on me about halfway around the ring the last time, then told us she was all done. She will probably need several weeks to build back up her stamina.

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Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Transitioning from lunge to independent trotting, keeping leg and heel in place 100% on lunge and %50 off lunge

Lesson Comments:

Ari was a bit distracted today – mom said she had stayed up late the night before and played hard, in addition to riding Badger, who was a bit more bumpy than Val. It took her about ten minutes longer to find her heel on Badger than Val. Badger also trots much easier than Val on the lunge, so she was able to practice her two-point for much longer periods of time. We were able to also post at the end of the lesson. She was able to keep her left leg under her and both left and right heels down while posting; the right leg kept popping forward when she was off balance. She was able to post trot at the end all the way around the ring several times and keep her heels down while doing so. Very good riding!

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Cantrell, Liam

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Tense, Other – Hair grabbing

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

Liam was very distracted today and sensory seeking. Very tight while mounting. Grabbed hair several times, and glasses. We did a lot of trotting, and he seemed much more calm by the end of the lesson – even got a few smiles! Cameras from PBS were there, so may have thrown him off a bit.

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Hunsberger, Tori

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding whole lesson off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Supporting Tori in the way easiest for her and sidewalkers, hoping to let her ride until surgery for scoliosis in June.

Lesson Comments:

Tori was very happy today! Stacie led for the lesson and did a great job interacting with Tori – Tori ate it up! Sitting up very well, and we did a lot of trotting on Bunny. We did several short stretches of trotting, and then trotted each long side of the arena. She did a great job sitting up while she was trotting, although she did get fatigues a little earlier than normal bc of all the trotting. Tori steered very, very well.

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Harle, Jacob

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding and confidence.

Short Term Goal:

Riding a full half hour on BonBon; turning without prompting 50% of ride.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob did wonderful! Despite having to wait a few minutes to ride, he stayed happy and focused. While riding, he sat up straight and remembered how to turn. He rode for about 20 minutes until he decided to be done. We walked around the ring and observed the other riders, as well as walking out to the cows. The plan is to keep introducing new skills and activities as he masters each one. At the moment, he is so happy to just be on the horse!

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Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

To continue our introduction of the bareback pad, I had Piper ride with Dagmar in the bareback pad. I explained to Piper that Dagmar was nervous about it, so I needed Piper to show Dagmar it was ok. Dagmar wanted to ride Micah. After the girls mounted, we had a brief conversation about Piper riding in the bareback pad and showed it to Dagmar; she looked at it briefly, then looked away and refused to engage – was clearly thinking about it. The rest of the lesson focused on steering and playing games. The volunteers hid and we played hide and seek. Piper and Dagmar were able to work together (initiated by Piper) to try and catch the volunteers; Dagmar interacted with Piper several times. Would like to try and continue to use peers while Dagmar is riding, every other week or so.

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Eze, Obuma

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Riding off lead 100% of the lesson

Lesson Comments:

Today Obume rode off lead the whole lesson. I walked next to him for the first 3/4 of the lesson, then at the end, he was able to take Badger away from me and do several circles. He was not nervous and did not complain about having the lead rope off at all. He was very proud of himself!

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Barella, Heather

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Excited, Content, Attentive

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather had a fantastic lesson today! She caught Micah in the paddock all by herself, retrieved all of her tack from the tack room (and got an appropriate sized girth when told that the one she had was too short), groomed and picked out his feet, and saddled and bridled him. The only assistance she needed was a small amount of help when putting the bit in his mouth. She even remembered to face the proper direction and hold the crown of the bridle in her right hand over his poll. She focused very well when riding. We were able to jump 5 or 6 times at the end of the lesson. I had to remind her sternly about looking up in her corners and over the jump and told her that I wouldn’t let her jump anymore if she didn’t look up. We talked again about why it is so important to look up. The last jump she did, she looked up in her corner and over the jump without any prompting from me at all! Very good ride today.

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Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany rode much better this week! Her mom came to watch the lesson, and she trotted the whole time. She did a really good job of trotting through 4 trot poles; she did not let Val stop at all through them. At the end of the lesson, Sarah got on Val so Brittany could see him canter, and both she and her mother really enjoyed watching him go.

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Athow, Hannah

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through expected corners with minimal verbal prompting, 50%+ of ride. Looking for beginnings of spontaneous steering.

Lesson Comments:

Today was the first lesson where Hannah has taken initiative to steer without any prompting whatsoever and to steer away from the leader. We did not ride with the lead rope at all today, and although Hannah noticed its absence when we walked to see the cows, she otherwise did not miss it or complain about it as she did last week. We started off with the typical steering around the ring before we worked on a pattern; after a few times of being prompted in her corners, Hannah started steering without any verbal prompting. Without me suggesting it, she began to turn BonBon away from me and towards other goals. When we came to the middle of the ring to work on patterns, Hannah attempted to steer BonBon in a circle around a jump without any prompting from me whatsoever. While she has some trouble with keeping the reins straight or only pulling the rein in the direction she wanted to go, she had a definite plan and goal in mind. So not only was she deciding to steer BonBon without my suggesting it, but she also chose to take BonBon away from me and create her own path. Since Hannah has traditionally been very worried when we remove the lead rope, the independence demonstrated was wonderful! There were several other little things that she did that she has not done independently in the past, such as turning BonBon to close the gate while we walked out of the ring, and not only steering herself to the cows and back, but also choosing to make BonBon walk down the driveway after seeing the cows and before we returned to the ring. Something seemed to click today, with Hannah realizing that she can be in charge of her pony, and I was very, very happy with her progress. I hope that in the next week or so, we can schedule a lesson on the weekend when the ring is empty, so that she can really explore her steering. I was very proud of Hannah this week.


Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

Brooke did a great job of keeping Grant engaged while tacking, since Bunny was being ridden in the lesson before his; he helped Grace and Bridget tack up and loved being in charge of the fly spray! I have a new plan for keeping Grant engaged and focused on riding, and he seemed to respond well to it. The first time we walk around the ring while mounted is question time; to try and help teach Grant self-regulation, I am marking points around the ring (two more corners to ask questions, one more corner, halfway there, etc.), and trying to make it conversational questions – instead of him just asking questions without waiting for the answer, trying to keep the discussion on a topic and have a back-and-forth exchange. When he stops asking questions, I prompt him to ask more or make a statement. After one time around the ring, it is “riding” time, without questions unless they pertain to the task at hand. As with last week, I am trying to have a very discrete, concrete task, so Grant knows exactly what we are trying to accomplish. This week, we worked on serpentines through the row of jumps and changing rein while working on the serpentines. He was not able to make a turn through the serpentine without stopping and being prompted until the very of the lesson, although he did pick up very quickly on which direction we had to turn to complete the serpentine. When he started to ask questions that were not pertinent to the task at hand, I asked Grant if it was question time or riding time, and he answered “riding time” and refocused himself. We have a second question time in the middle, then go back to the activity or introduce a new activity, then question time again at the very end. This seemed to really help with focusing through the ride and will be our plan for the foreseeable future as long as it continues to work.

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Bussell, Lucas

Time: Evening

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

While we didn’t get much steering done today, Lucas rode almost the entire lesson by himself!! Tonia rode only about 3/4 of a lap around the ring, then dismounted. Lucas picked out a variety of songs to listen to and happily rode while they were playing. He held himself up quite well with the handle on the bareback pad and initiated some big hugs for Badger at the end of the lesson – stretching forward about halfway up Badger’s neck. He was very clear when he was done, but consented to walk back to the gate before dismounting instead of dismounting in the middle of the ring. He also sat for about another 5 minutes at the gate, stretching, listening and interacting with other clients before he asked to dismount. Very happy with his ride today. He rode approximately 20 minutes independently.

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Lim, Tara

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Noah’s second lesson went very well. He retains information easily and is very enthusiastic about riding. He steered through a pole course and was able to remember his path. Loves to trot!

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Broniscer, Jacob

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Excited, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead 100% of lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Steering without prompting 50% of lesson; correcting posture with minimal prompting.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob steered very, very well today! Slightly unfocused while tacking. However, while riding, initiated turns and steering with minimal prompting, verbal or otherwise, from myself. Had difficulty sitting up straight, usual prompts did not work. Spoke with mom about riding first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon next lesson, so that we could attempt going off lead when the ring was clear.

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Dorroh, Caroline

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Happy, Anxious

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding for entire lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Walking off lead for 50% of lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Caroline – Caroline ride very well in the bridle again today. Was a little self conscious at times. Had a few steering hiccups – leg was not on as well as normal. Trotted at the end of lesson, she sat the trot very well! Want to continue building the trot.

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Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Transitioning from lunge to independent trotting, keeping leg and heel in place 100% on lunge and %50 off lunge

Lesson Comments:

Lunged on Val to continue working on heel and leg. Had very good concentration – loves the lunge line! Got very good heel depth and leg position at end of lesson. Plan to start interspersing small amounts of trotting off the lunge over the next few weeks to see if leg stays in place.

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Cantrell, Liam

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continuing to encourage contentment and independence in riding.

Short Term Goal:

Work back to bareback pad for stretching/sit ups. Work on standing and stretching, steering.

Lesson Comments:

Liam was very happy today, and his muscles were in good shape. He mounted very easily – hips were not tight – and was very interactive while we were ring. Looking around his turns, interacting with volunteers. No hair pulling or grabbing.

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Hunsberger, Tori

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding whole lesson off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Supporting Tori in the way easiest for her and sidewalkers, hoping to let her ride until surgery for scoliosis in June.

Lesson Comments:

Tori rode well today. She was sitting up very straight. We had several volunteers again, so were able to switch out as we got tired.

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Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby had a good lesson. She was on Badger again, and we continued the trot work. She remembered to keep her hands forward when we used the scrunch in his mane. Needs a lunge lesson next lesson or a Micah ride to work on leg placement and squeezing. Heels stayed down well. Looked down a lot, and so lower leg came off.

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Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Hands on reins 100% of lesson. Steering 100%, 50% without prompting. Riding in the bareback pad.

Lesson Comments:

Dagmar had a much better lesson than the previous week. There was only one volunteer, so much less distraction. We got the bareback pad out and talked about it, left it in the cross ties. No meltdown when we saw it, though. I hope to continue to have it out and about over the next few weeks, so that we can eventually sit in it and walk around a few times; working on gradual integration. Riding, Dagmar did very well. Lots of talking and interaction. Rode Bunny; actually trotted quite a lot. I think Bunny’s trot is much smoother than Micah or BonBon, and for whatever reason, felt better to Dagmar. Usually, she asks to trot and does it for two or three steps, then wants to stop. We trotted almost the whole way around the ring today for the first time. We will continue to come back to Bunny to help get Dagmar used to trotting.

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Barella, Heather

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Relaxed, Attentive

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather was much better behaved today, especially after not getting to jump last week. We spent the day trotting and working on our listening skills and form at the trot. She paid much better attention and was especially kind to Micah vs. last week when she kept yanking on Badger’s mouth. She was very proud of herself at the end of the lesson for focusing so well.

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Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany again said that she didn’t need to trot, since her knee was hurting, so we worked on her form at the walk and did some obstacles again. We worked more on her halt and halting through the poles – planning ahead when going downhill to make sure she stopped at each pole. She rode it much better than her first attempt the week prior.

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Cumming, Lilly

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Relaxed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Proper leg position (adapted as necessary) while riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Steering without prompting 50% of ride. Keeping feet in the stirrup 100% of ride unprompted.

Lesson Comments:

Lilly’s first lesson back after the winter off went very well! After a few brief reminders, she remembered quite a lot – brushing, order of tacking, turning left and right, etc. I had to remind her how to turn with only one rein, instead of two, and she had some difficulty keeping her foot in the stirrup through the beginning of the ride. She has gotten taller, which seemed to make it easier to keep her right foot in the stirrup, despite the hemi-paralysis on her right side. We were able to practice our two-point, which she held while counting to 20 multiple times. Her verbalization skills have grown; she still had some babbling towards the end when she was wanting to be done, but overall, she was much more willing to talk in complete sentences, especially to BonBon. I would like to keep encouraging the speaking. She had good grip on the right rein for most of the ride, but did occasionally drop that rein without realizing it and had to be prompted to pick it back up. She helped untack without complaint, although still needs assistance carrying the saddle. While brushing, she had to be prompted to use her right hand, but once using her right hand, was able to brush as much as with the left.

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Harle, Jacob

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Excited, Other – focused

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Encouraging exploration and bravery when faced with new activities; continuing to introduce independent horsemanship skills and riding skills as he matures.

Lesson Comments:

Jacob rode a camel at the zoo last week and has been talking at home about riding BonBon every since then. I forgot to remove the toy tractor before he arrived, but even though he wanted to go play with it, he removed himself from the tractor with only verbal prompting when we said it was time to ride BonBon – good to see more signs of self-regulation. To minimize distraction, I had BonBon tacked up before Jacob arrived. His mom sidewalked, while I led BonBon. Contrary to the other times we have tried to ride or talked about riding, when Jacob has had a panic attack, he was all smiles from the second he sat on BonBon. His balance was very good. We introduced steering (hold at the buckle, slide our hands down the reins and then pull), and while he steered the first 75% of the lesson prompted verbally and physically, at the end, he steered while only being prompted verbally, and he was completing the verbal prompt himself (mom or I would say “slide,” he would do so, and then he would say “pull,” while pulling). He rode for about 20 minutes, and not only did we get work done in the ring, but we also ventured to see the cows. Very, very pleased with his progress today and hope that this trend continues!

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Athow, Hannah

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering consistently.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through expected corners with minimal verbal prompting, 50%+ of ride. Looking for beginnings of spontaneous steering.

Lesson Comments:

Hannah had a very good lesson today!! Something with the steering seems to have clicked. While I still had to verbally prompt steering through corners, Hannah also exhibited the most independent steering that she has done yet. I removed the lead rope after the first time around the ring, and she tried to convince me to put it back on; after a brief discussion where I explained that she can steer all by herself now, she resigned herself to the fact that I was taking away the lead rope. After a few minutes, she didn’t seem to notice that it was gone. While I stayed close by and still headed Bunny, Hannah was doing quite a bit of the steering herself. She had some good posting, as well. I put the lead rope back on Bunny to walk to the cows. I spoke with Dad about maybe bring Hannah for a lesson early on Sat or Sunday over the next few weeks, when no one else is riding, so that she can be completely off lead on Micah or Badger and explore more steering by herself.

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Ewing, Grant

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

Grant continued the work last week; his focus continues to improve each week. No complaints about horse choices. When he focuses on the task at hand, he is completely capable of the fine and gross motor skills involved in things like turning. I am trying to have very clear goals for his ride, so that when I ask him what we are cup posed to be doing to redirect him, he has an answer. We did a lot more balancing and stretching today. His next largest learning curve after focusing will be on building and strengthening his core; it is very hard for him to attempt a two-point or posting, from a strength perspective and a coordination perspective. While I like having him on the smaller ponies because it is easier for me to refocus him, I do think that riding the larger ponies and having more to balance with will help him learn his balance. As his focus continues to improve, we will progress to the large ponies.

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Bussell, Lucas

Time: Evening

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Balancing while throwing ball at the walk without mom holding on to waist.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas had a very good lesson! We threw the ball again, at both the halt and the walk; his throwing and aim has improved quite a bit since last fall. Tonia only rode for three times around the ring, before he was ready to ride by himself. We played music again, and he absolutely loved it. We were bel to walk quite quickly the first time around the ring, then slowed down gradually as he became more fatigued.

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Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding as independently as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining proper steering through patterns. Going back and reviewing work on leg yields and collection at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Emily rode very well; we continued our work on keeping her hands even and using appropriate rein aids (opening vs indirect rein in turns vs leg yields/moving Rambo over). I tried to keep a much looser hold on the lead rope, so Emily could work on keeping Rambo on the rail with less input from me. Going right is relatively easy; both Emily and Rambo’s weaker sides are to the left, so he continually tries to cut in to the middle of the ring, particularly when going downhill. Emily is able to stop him, but has to be on her toes at the top of the hill, when he starts to fall in; if she tries to correct it midway down when he begins to cut the corner, it is too late. She has to focus on using more leg than hand, but also on using her left hand more efficiently. It has a bad habit of turning out if she is not paying attention to it.

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Millard, Abby

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Badger

Lesson Comments:

Abby was back today after a long absence. She has grown a lot in the leg, so we weren’t as far behind as I thought we may be. She was able to trot very well. Will have to work on her hands again – she has forgotten how to let them come forward away from her body without leaning forward and her heels coming up. She was getting frustrated trotting because of this (Badger kept pulling his head down), until we put a scrunchie in Badgers mane where her hands needed to be – then she trotted very quickly! For next few lessons, we need to remember to have neck strap or marker in mane for her hands.

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Dorroh, Caroline

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding for entire lesson.

Short Term Goal:

Walking off lead for 50% of lesson.

Lesson Comments:

Caroline was very happy today. She told me she definitely wants to do one of the shows this year. Rode with a bridle (Jenny tacked up and used bridle – Caroline didn’t think to comment) and did not think to ask for halter. Had better control over steering, consequently. Walked off lead for last ten minutes of lesson, and walked around the ring all by herself twice. Talked about re-introducing trotting over the next few weeks.

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Cantrell, Liam

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Relaxed, Tense, Whiny

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue to try and build core strength and introduce riding skills.

Short Term Goal:

Encouraging interaction with his environment.

Lesson Comments:

Liam was complaining quite a lot before he mounted; we had several violent hair grabs. However, after the first one (while at the mounting block), he became extremely quiet and alert. Rode with stirrups since he was very tight; stood up several times and attempted to walk while standing, but his muscles were too tight.

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Hunsberger, Tori

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Excited, Fatigued

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding whole lesson off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Supporting Tori in the way easiest for her and sidewalkers, hoping to let her ride until surgery for scoliosis in June.

Lesson Comments:

Tori sat up very well through the first part of the lesson; enjoyed watching Shanna and Steph jump. Weather was cool, but humid, so even though posture was better, became fatigued more quickly than the week prior.

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Danciger, Dagmar

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Other – Meltdown

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Spontaneous steering 50% of the time.

Lesson Comments:

We attempted to introduce a bareback pad to Dagmar and had a meltdown. She sat on bareback pad briefly; we will continue to attempt to introduce bareback pad. Really enjoyed the volunteers and playing hide and seek. Had good steering while chasing them.

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Boswell, Nicholas

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Nick arrived early for his lesson, so had to wait for about 15 min; while vocalizing and wanting to go in the ring, he was not nervous like the first lesson. Put his helmet on without being asked – still need to continue work on acceptance of chinstrap. All smiles as soon as he got on the horse! Introduced steering. Enjoyed watching the other riders in the ring. While I think he ultimately will benefit from the examples provided by peers, we need to try and schedule him during quieter times, for his sensory integration issues and because he occasionally tries to hop off the horse. Rode for over 20 min.

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Barek, Bridget

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Bunny

Lesson Comments:

Sabrina was fantastic in her second lesson! She really, really enjoyed herself. Wanted to be sure her sister was watching. 🙂 Definitely likes to show off a bit. Worked on steering with one hand, not both hands, and introduced 2-pt and posting.

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Kirk, Emily

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Rambo
Mood: Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding towards independence.

Short Term Goal:

Working on patterns and body planning.

Lesson Comments:

Worked on steering through a pattern; used halter, so she had to work harder with her legs. Worked on remembering to use an opening rein for turns, so Rambo’s head turns and indirect rein for weaving, leg yielding, etc.

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Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Distracted, Disrespectful

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering/jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Proper form over x’s and on the flat, with minimal verbal prompting, 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Heather was in a very distracted mood today; there were more people in the ring than her last few lessons. She was continually jerking on Badger’s mouth, looking down, and not keeping her heels down; the normal corrections/redirections did not help. After she ignored the direction to stop jerking on Badger’s mouth, Poppy made her get off of Badger and sit out for a few minutes. She finished the ride well, although did not get to jump today due to her actions. Although she liked Badger quite a bit the last two times she rode him, she was not pleasant to him from the start of the ride.

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Haase, Brittany

Instructor: Jenna

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brittany rode very well today, even though Val was lazy. Fly spray season! Brittany’s knee was hurting, so we did not trot, but did an obstacle course instead. She requested 5 obstacles to remember and did a very good job. At the end, I had her walk through a set of trot poles, halting before and after each pole. She was great going uphill but had trouble stopping Val in time gong downhill. She thought that activity was very fun and something we could continue to work on.

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Athow, Hannah

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert, Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through expected corners with minimal verbal prompting, 50%+ of ride. Looking for beginnings of spontaneous steering.

Lesson Comments:

Hannah loved having the multiple volunteers from UT. Was very interactive with them. Only had to prompt a left or right turn a few times throughout the ride, otherwise she turn herself when asked “Which way should we go?”, turning in both directions unprompted. A few completely unprompted turns.

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Ewing, Grant

Time: Mid-Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Upset, Talkative

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding off lead for his lesson; independence while riding and tacking.

Short Term Goal:

Maintaining focus on riding while riding. Using appropriate cues to steer and direct the horse with minimal verbal cuing from instructor.

Lesson Comments:

Grant was much more focused overall this lesson. He had a meltdown when he discovered he was riding BonBon (she was “too slow”)and said he hated her. We he was on BonBon, I explained that she was so slow, because he did not know how to make her go fast yet. By the end of the lesson, he was able to use his legs much more efficiently and very much enjoyed trotting on BonBon. We also decided that we would not use the words “bad” “hate” or “mad” at the barn anymore. He really, really, wants to ride independently and do everything himself.

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Bussell, Lucas

Time: Evening

Horse: Badger
Mood: Alert, Happy, Content

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Riding the entire lesson without mom.

Short Term Goal:

Steering through corners 50% of lesson w/ prompting. Pushing amount of time riding by self.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas had fun in his lesson today! We brought out the ball again, and he had fun tossing it to all the volunteers. Need to remember to start working throwing back into our exercises. We did not do a ton of steering this lesson. Lucas walked by himself for about ten minutes at the end of the lesson (playing Let it Go through twice and Do You Want to Build a Snowman once). Really, really had fun while the music was playing.

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Eze, Obuma

Instructor: Jenna

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Obume was fantastic in his lesson yesterday! For the first time, he was not worried or nervous at all and did not protest when I told him I was removing the lead rope from Micah. I told him to go walk Micah in a circle by himself, and he did not hesitate, but simply did it! His confidence has grown greatly since he started riding. He also sat up straight and tall very well with minimal slouching. I was very proud of him yesterday! We will keep working towards him being able to ride the entire lesson without a leader, steering the horse by himself.


Griggs, Kennedie

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert, Happy, Relaxed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Independent riding with only a spotter. As close to proper head/leg/heel position on the horse as possible.

Short Term Goal:

Encouraging her legs to drop towards the girth for balance and relaxedness. Steering with a header but no leader. Building up core strength for proper position on horse.

Lesson Comments:

Kennedie was in a good mood, but very tight. Her legs were able to drop significantly without stretching. While riding once a week, we are more focused on strength building and stretching because she is too tight to do a significant amount of steering. However, her balance continues to improve, and she is steering better each week. They would like to start lessoning twice a week again in April, so I am hoping that we can continue to work on more horse specific skills once she is riding more regularly again.

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Van Cleave, Shannon

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Moose
Mood: Alert, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistent decision making while on the horse.

Short Term Goal:

Steering by turning Moose’s head and shortening reins without prompting 75% of the ride.

Lesson Comments:

Shannon was on the ball today! She was very excited that Tara was home, and shortened her rein herself, without any assistance, about 4 or 5 times. Her turning was achieved with minimal prompting, either verbally, or physically.She also stood up in her stirrups for 2 counts of 50; the first time, she did not try to sit down at all!

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Athow, Hannah

Time: Early Morning

Horse: 
Mood: Alert

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Steering consistently.

Short Term Goal:

Posting at the walk.

Lesson Comments:

Hannah rode on Sunday instead of her usual Saturday, since the weather has been so awful. She seemed to have missed riding and was very alert and focused during her ride. She steered consistently about 90% of the lesson with only verbal prompts; I only had to assist her putting her hands on the reins a few times. Hannah also made some very good choices about steering, choosing to walk over poles multiple times, as well as making a choice to turn right behind the barn to see the cows first before we walked down the driveway. She remembered her posting at the walk very well and attempted a few times at the trot but mostly enjoyed bouncing. She continues to cluck to get BonBon to trot. Kailey jumped in to help Hannah get tacked up since we had a mix-up with our helpers, but even with the change, Hannah carried her tack and brushed BonBon. I helped her untack, and she did the reins, stirrups, and girth all by herself, as well as carried the saddle back to the tack room.

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Haraldson, Ariana

Time: Early Morning

Horse: Bunny
Mood: Alert

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue improving leg and steering.

Short Term Goal:

Finding posting rhythm without assistance.

Lesson Comments:

Due to horse constraints, Ari rode Bunny for her lesson today, although I was hoping to use Val for a lunge lesson. However, it was a good test of her focus and improvement in her leg and steering. She was able to steer Bunny between me and Piper, and for the first time connected using her opposite leg to keep Bunny straight, instead of just pulling on Bunny’s head. We also discovered that while posting, Ari was following my voice, but not connecting her posting rhythm with the horse’s rhythm. She also had difficulty discerning a steady beat. We practiced having her match my hands clapping in a steady beat with her hands and then her body; then we connected that steady beat with Bunny’s shoulder movement at the walk and trot. Then we connected the posting with Bunny’s movement at the walk and trot. As she trotted again, Ari was able to post rhythmically, with Bunny, initially with my voice and then finding the rhythm herself without me counting for her.

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Dorroh, Caroline

Time: Early Afternoon

Horse: 
Mood: Happy, Relaxed

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Consistency. Independent riding.

Short Term Goal:

Continuing to improve confidence on Chip when riding by herself. Transitioning to stirrups from no stirrups with proper leg placement, weight in heel, and supporting leg.

Lesson Comments:

Caroline was very happy to be riding on Sunday. Even though Chip was a little up because the other horses were getting fed, she handled it well. We did a course of serpentines/roll backs involving poles and circles, and she remembered it very well after a few prompts the first time through. She has been improving very quickly strength and position wise since she has been able to ride more recently since the holidays.

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Bussell, Lucas

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Alert, Excited

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Continue steering on his own.

Short Term Goal:

Try to steady right hand when steering.

Lesson Comments:

Lucas was very energetic today. He held the reins with both hands consistently throughout the lesson and attempted to pick them up when he dropped them without verbal prompting approximately 50% of the time. For the first half of the lesson, he did not need assistance holding on the reins but as fatigue set in, he needed more help closing his hand on the rein. Not only did he hold the reins, but he steered around every corner by himself, without more than a verbal prompting. He did not need assistance steering but instead picked up the rein and moved the appropriate hand out past his hip without hand-over/under-hand assistance. His left hand was much steadier than right and had more range of motion; as he became fatigued, he needed more assistance from the right hand side-walker to hold onto and move the right rein. He was very happy to have more control over Badger and really enjoyed telling him where to go! Tonia said that while he was moving his arms away from his torso to steer, he was not needing more support than when he was simply sitting upright. For the second half of the ride, he wanted to ride by himself. He sat upright 1x around the arena, needing minimal support from his sidewalkers, then became fatigued. Before he dismounted, Lucas wanted to do forward sit-ups and completed 4 that he initiated.

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Barella, Heather

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Val
Mood: Alert, Happy, Distracted

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Cantering and jumping.

Short Term Goal:

Continue to reinforce shoulder/hip/heel leg position. Continue work at two point at trot and over poles as we continue to introduce small crossrails.

Lesson Comments:

Heather listened very well, even though she had no sleep the previous night. The ring was too slippery from ice to do much trotting, but Heather thought that doing a “challenge course” was pretty interesting. We were able to trot several times at the end of the lesson. Her leg strength continues to improve – she has not had to use a crop with Val for several lessons to make him trot. I hope to let her jump him in the next month or so after we reinforce leg and hand position on Micah.

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Hunsberger, Tori

Time: Mid-Morning

Horse: Badger
Mood: Excited, Happy

Instructor: Jenna

Long Term Goal:

Strength building and independent steering.

Short Term Goal:

Figuring out the best/easiest way for Tori to support her upper body while riding; continue to encourage independent steering using courses, poles, etc. Trot work on Bunny.

Lesson Comments:

We used the plastic mounting block in the barn to mount without trouble since there was too much mud to get Tori’s chair to the arena. She sat up pretty well and did a good amount of steering. She had a cough, so tired a bit more quickly than normal.

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Davis, Priscilla

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Hooper

Lesson Comments:

Hooper was a little stiff. Worked on you relaxing while pushing through some of the stiffness. Hooper was better as the lesson went on. Suggestion for next ride. Draw reins for warm up.

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Olney, Rachel

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Sarah rode zee. No lunge was required. Bending and flexing to both sides. Left lead was drilled and gotten consistently with minor breaks to trot 3 or 4 strides after because Sarah was unsure if he had the correct lead :). Practice lower x-rail at the trot. Poppy supervised/coached the ride. He has a scrape back left leg, minor swelling but no lameness. Went out as normal.

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Grundy, Alainaz

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Continued to work on depth in heels required for balance. Chip was a new mount and balance was a challenge with his unique movement. Suggested hands be level not lower than pelvic bones. Lesson finished good

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Wylie, Brianna

Instructor: Poppy

Horse: Val

Lesson Comments:

Brianna reviewed learn the difference and uses for polo wraps and jumping boots. She was shown and practiced safely wrapping Val’s front legs with polo wraps. Maintained safety skills by standing to the side of the horse and learning what would happen if wraps were not straight, firmly and evenly wrapped. Brianna assisted with setting grain for the am feeding with Jenna and Jenny. Next lesson scheduled for Wednesday 5:30

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Stagg, Mandy

Instructor: Poppy

Horse:

Lesson Comments:

Solid lesson. Worked on the two one stride gymnastics. Learned chip needed to be in your hand through the obstacles for balance and even step. Continue to practice no rolling to toes at the mid-point and back side of the jumps.

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